Edward Teller
Edward Teller was a Hungarian-American
Hungarian American
Hungarian Americans Hungarian are American citizens of Hungarian descent. The constant influx of Hungarian immigrants was marked by several waves of sharp increase.-History:...

Theoretical physics
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, known colloquially as "the father of the hydrogen bomb," even though he did not care for the title. Teller made numerous contributions to nuclear
Nuclear physics
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 and molecular physics
Molecular physics
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, spectroscopy
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 (the Jahn–Teller and Renner–Teller effects), and surface
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 physics. His extension of Fermi's theory of beta decay
Beta decay
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 (in the form of the so-called Gamow–Teller transitions) provided an important stepping stone in the applications of this theory.

There's no system foolproof enough to defeat a sufficiently great fool.

Quoted in "Nuclear Reactions", by Joel Davis in Omni (May 1988)

A fact is a simple statement that everyone believes. It is innocent, unless found guilty. A hypothesis is a novel suggestion that no one wants to believe. It is guilty, until found effective.

Conversations on the Dark Secrets of Physics (1991) by Edward Teller, Wendy Teller and Wilson Talley, Ch. 5, p. 69 footnote.

Two paradoxes are better than one; they may even suggest a solution.

Conversations on the Dark Secrets of Physics (1991) by Edward Teller, Wendy Teller and Wilson Talley, Ch. 9, p. 135 footnote.

My name is not Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb|Strangelove. I don't know about Strangelove. I'm not interested in Strangelove. What else can I say?... Look. Say it three times more, and I throw you out of this office.

Quoted in "Infamy and honor at the Atomic Café : Edward Teller has no regrets about his contentious career" by Gary Stix in Scientific American (October 1999), p. 42-43

When you fight for a desperate cause and have good reasons to fight, you usually win.

As quoted by Robert C. Martin in Software Development magazine (September 2005), p. 60