Top Quotes from Eric Betzig

By | March 20, 2017

I hate driving a bandwagon.

Eric Betzig

It always irritated me that people think they have to be locked into a career path.

Eric Betzig

I don’t like saying ‘no’ to people, and I’m going to have to learn how to say ‘no’ more.

Eric Betzig

Science goes through fads, and there are big ups and crashes.

Eric Betzig

In my opinion, the only real asset one has is one’s reputation, right? I mean, any company and institution can go belly up at any time. But if you have a good reputation, you know, you can usually find somebody who can – who thinks they can use what you have to offer.

Eric Betzig

Frankly, I guess, I don’t really understand why people, why so many people, are so risk averse. You know, there’s always ways to wiggle your way out of any situation if you’re motivated enough.

Eric Betzig

Chemistry was always my weakest subject in high school and college.

Eric Betzig

The eventual goal is to marry all of my work together to make a high-speed, high-resolution, low-impact tool that can look deep inside biological systems.

Eric Betzig

Honestly, I feel you are poisoned if you read too much of the scientific literature because it makes you start thinking like other people. You’re better off having a vague sense of what’s going on and making your own way.

Eric Betzig

When I listen to music from different eras, I sense different things. The 1940s music, there’s so much optimism and romance, maybe because they just solved the biggest problem on Earth at that time – World War II. In the 1960s, there was so much creativity and innovation in sound.

Eric Betzig

Sometimes I make an analogy that each scientific paper is like putting out another record. And some people have careers that are nothing but a one-hit wonder. And then there are people who are only appreciated by aficionados but largely forgotten by the wider community.

Eric Betzig

I was born in 1960 and can still tell you the name of every astronaut from Mercury to Apollo. If I had a chance, I’d love to go into space on one of the privately developed space crafts.

Eric Betzig

I missed the basic curiosity of being in the lab.

Eric Betzig

There’s always something that an engineer can do to make microscopes better.

Eric Betzig

It’s nice to be able to look at one protein, but life is driven by the interactions between proteins, so it’s really essential to be able to see multiple proteins at a time to understand these interactions.

Eric Betzig

One thing I liked about being in microscopy is it gets you out of your box constantly because there’s such a diverse range of applications.

Eric Betzig

In essence, we’re imaging the same cell for anywhere from forty to a hundred thousand times to create one of the movies that we see.

Eric Betzig

You get so tied up with the minutiae of the day-to-day, there’s never a chance to sit back and let your subconscious run wild.

Eric Betzig

I really didn’t like the academic structure of science, but I realized I loved science and missed science.

Eric Betzig

Like you can’t have a car that can take the kids to schools on Friday and win the grand prix on Saturday, you can’t make a microscope that can do it all.

Eric Betzig

We can track and see the production of single molecules, trace them and see how they assemble into structures.

Eric Betzig

You need a continuous picture of how things are evolving, and not a slow series of snapshots where you don’t know how frame A is related to frame B.

Eric Betzig

Every new invention is like a baby. You think it may cure cancer or become the president, but in the end, you’re happy it just stays out of jail.

Eric Betzig

There are many cells you could look at forever in 3D.

Eric Betzig

It takes a huge amount of effort to move from a successful high-tech prototype to broader adoption of an imaging technology.

Eric Betzig

I’m spoiled. All of my adult jobs have left me with complete freedom to come up with what I wanted.

Eric Betzig

The question was, ‘Is there a way of minimizing the amount of damage you’re doing so that you can then study cells in a physiological manner while also studying them at high spatial and temporal resolution for a long time?’

Eric Betzig

What was shocking to us was that by spreading the energy out across seven beams instead of one, the phototoxicity went way down.

Eric Betzig

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