Philip W. Anderson: the key to his achievements was…. the right attitude, the focus on nature’s reality, the focus on asking the right questions

[Richard P.] Feynman’s cryptic remark, “no one is that much smarter …,” to me, implies something Feynman kept emphasizing: that the key to his achievements was not anything “magical” but the right attitude, the focus on nature’s reality, the focus on asking the right questions, the willingness to try (and to discard) unconventional answers, the sensitive ear for phoniness, self-deception, bombast, and conventional but unproven assumptions.

— Philip W. Anderson in a book review of James Gleick’s “Complexities of Feynman” (Jan 22, 1993)

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