I hope I've lived a life of science whose style will encourage younger people.
I'm chairing a UNESCO committee on how to improve global Internet communications for science; help third-world people get onto the Net so they can be part of the process.
Life's a hobby.
Try hard to find out what you're good at and what your passions are, and where the two converge, and build your life around that.
If you want to solve very complex problems, you will have to end up letting machines work out a lot of the details for themselves, and in ways that we don't understand what they are doing.
By the time I was 12 or 13, I was studying biochemistry textbooks.
Everybody has to learn for the first time.
My ambitions were already very clearly fixed by the time I was 6 or 7.
Being successful at a very young age gave me the confidence and the capability to try out other things.
If we have isolated individuals able to inflict enormous harm, imagine what a single lunatic can do with a nuclear weapon. I think the whole base of civil society is at risk.
We are all very individual. You have to find out what you can do best, and be self-conscious about that.
To have the recognition of your colleagues is great. The public attention is a mixed blessing.
Although I am a public figure, I'm still a little shy. I don't think my own personality is important. I prefer to keep some small dosage of privacy.
I was reading five or six years ahead of my grade during public school. I was pretty bored. I made a contract with some of my teachers that if I didn't ask too many questions, I could work in the back of the room.
I certainly saw science as a kind of calling, and one with as much legitimacy as a religious calling.