Linus Pauling: I think that it is good that young people should concentrate and work very hard on
their special fields. I’m thinking especially of young men and women who are doing,
say, post-graduate work, working for a doctor's degree. I think it’s good to get a
broad education in the early years, including science and mathematics and the humanitarian
subjects, the humanities, too.
But then later on in life, I believe that it is a good thing to broaden one’s field
of active interests, to include politics. I believe that it is very important for
the world, now, now that science has become such an important part of the world that
affects the daily life of every person and, of course, has led to the development
of great nuclear weapons that might destroy civilization, it is very important that
scientists help their fellow citizens to understand what the impact of science on
world affairs is, to understand in a way that the scientists can understand these
questions, to understand the significance of scientific and technological developments.
Creator: Linus Pauling Clip ID: 1966v.1-interview
Creator: Oregon State University Associated: Linus Pauling