Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The dumb one

"Bell Labs management supplied us with funding, shielded us from extraneous bureaucracy, and urged us not to be satisfied with doing merely "good science." My department head, Peter Eisenberger, told me to spend my first six months in the library and talk to people before deciding what to do. A year later during a performance review, he chided me not to be content with anything less than "starting a new field". I responded that I would be more than happy to do that, but needed a hint as to what new field he had in mind." (Steven Chu)

He was the dumbest kid in his family but ended up winning a Nobel Prize in Physics.

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