"...a lot of people will advise you. On the one hand you want to listen, and on the other hand you want to test it and say, ‘Okay, is this really making sense, or is it just that somebody I really respect said this?’”"
"A project for a Ph.D. student must provide him with good training and, if he is doing experimental work, there is much to be said for choosing a problem which involves the construction or modification of some fairly complicated apparatus. I have always felt that university research in engineering should be adventurous and should not mind tackling speculative projects"
"We were bombarded — this is the best way to put it — by requests from all the medical people and all the colloidal physics people — everybody that had things too small to be seen in a light microscope. We quickly realized that two graduate students working in a makeshift lab with a makeshift instrument couldn't satisfy the needs for this tool. "
"I believe that you have to take some intelligent risks to advance science."
"every graduate student is an individual and everybody has a different way of doing science, approaching science"
"Suppose you lived in a world in which the ground was a crossword puzzle. Would you or would you not try to solve the puzzle?""
"It is my intention to offer a prize of $1,000 to the first guy who can take the information on the page of a book and put it on an area 1/25,000 smaller in linear scale in such manner that it can be read by an electron microscope. "
"I thought that if I patented it, no one else would be able to do work with it. I might earn some money, but I was not interested in that. I was interested in applications for many researchers, creating more fundamental science. So I decided not to patent it."