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No amount of study of present forms [of life] would permit us to infer [the existence of] dinosaurs
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If you're too sloppy, then you never get reproducible results, then you never get reproducible results, and then you never can draw any conclusions; but if you are just a little sloppy, then when you see something startling, ( ... ) you nail it down ( ... ). So I called it the "Principle of Limited Sloppiness".

— Max Delbruck

No amount of study of present forms [of life] would permit us to infer [the existence of] dinosaurs

— Max Delbruck

[Physicists] feel that the field of bacterial viruses is a fine playground for serious children who ask ambitious questions.

— Max Delbruck

The books of the great scientists are gathering dust on the shelves of learned libraries ... While the artist's communication is linked forever with its original form, that of the scientist is modified, amplified, fused with the ideas and results of others and melts into the stream of knowledge and ideas which forms our culture. The scientist has in common with the artist only this: that he can find no better retreat from the world than his work and also no stronger link with the world than his work.

— Max Delbruck

The particular thing about science is to combine that [the dreams of obtaining power] with a retreat from the world. Other people want to obtain power by going out into the world, but the scientist really wants to obtain power by retreating from the world.

— Max Delbruck

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