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31 December 2016 @ 01:56 pm
5 quotes by Leo Szilard  
Quote #1: A scientist's aim in a discussion with his colleagues is not to persuade, but to clarify.

Quote #2: The most important step in getting a job done is the recognition of the problem. Once I recognize a problem I usually can think of someone who can work it out better than I could.

Quote #3: Don't lie if you don't have to.

Quote #4: I have been asked whether I would agree that the tragedy of the scientist is that he is able to bring about great advances in our knowledge, which mankind may then proceed to use for purposes of destruction. My answer is that this is not the tragedy of the scientist; it is the tragedy of mankind. (See: Szilárd petition).

Quote #5: I'm in no hurry to get to Mars or Venus. I don't value the exploration of the solar system as much as maybe others do.

Leo Szilard ... conceived the nuclear chain reaction in 1933, patented the idea of a nuclear reactor with Enrico Fermi.
Szilard submitted patent applications for a linear accelerator in 1928, and a cyclotron in 1929. He also conceived the idea of an electron microscope.
After Adolf Hitler became chancellor of Germany in 1933, Szilard urged his family and friends to flee Europe while they still could.
After the war, Szilard switched to biology. He invented the chemostat, discovered feedback inhibition, and was involved in the first cloning of a human cell. He publicly sounded the alarm against the possible development of salted thermonuclear bombs, a new kind of nuclear weapon that might annihilate mankind. Diagnosed with bladder cancer in 1960, he underwent treatment using a cobalt-60 treatment that he had designed.