On creativity: A scientist in his laboratory is not a mere technician: he is also a child confronting natural phenomena that impress him as though they were fairy tales.
I’m a geek. A math-brained artist. A misfit in a tribe of misfits.
Thought I might share with you advice from my heroes – largely scientists, but I’m omnivorous when it comes to philosophy.
Hope this is interesting and inspirational, or at the very least, entertaining.
On society: We cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individual. Toward this end, each of us must work for his own highest development, accepting at the same time his share of responsibility in the general life of humanity—our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful.
On curiosity: Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas.
On patience: I was taught that the way of progress was neither swift nor easy.
On depression: Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.
On courage: Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.
On work ethic: One never notices what has been done; one can only see what remains to be done.
On colleagues: There are sadistic scientists who hurry to hunt down errors instead of establishing the truth. (Deborah says, I believe there are directors like that, and actors, and producers, and teachers, but I’m not naming names. I also believe that the majority of people are good, creative, supportive, and kind.)
And my current personal favorite: I am among those who think that science has great beauty.