"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."
"every graduate student is an individual and everybody has a different way of doing science, approaching science"
"Our work, it seems to me, can bring us a special bonus of pleasure and satisfaction, through its very close contact with colleagues of different disciplines and our ability to peep into the inexhaustible world of the smallest forms of existence..."
"From now on, we work with positive tip voltage."
"You can observe a lot by watching."
"Roger, at Cornell University they have an incredible piece of scientific equipment known as the Tunneling Electron Microscope. Now, this microscope is so powerful that by firing electrons you can actually see images of the atom, the infinitesimally minute building blocks of our universe. Roger, if I were using that microscope right now, I still wouldn't be able to locate my interest in your problem. "