„Science is incapable of supplying answers to ultimate questions about why things exist and what their purpose is.“

interview by John L. Allen, Jr. on July 18, 2005, National Catholic Reporter (July 21, 2005) http://www.natcath.org/mainpage/specialdocuments/cabibbo.htm

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Nicola Cabibbo
1935 - 2010

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