"One could say that Pauling's 'failure' was to plant a lot of seeds, basic ideas,
without working them out fully.... As soon as Slater gets an idea he works it out
to the end before he gets a new one. But that is also dangerous, of course because
you look at the trees and you don't see the forest...[Pauling] looks at the forest
and lets other people...work out the specific individual things in detail; he has
a terrifically lively intellect, reading [Pauling's] paper, the information here is
just tremendous, the ideas flow out of the pen, and there are several lifetimes of
work...to be done."
Sten Samson. Interviewed by Anthony Serafini for Linus Pauling: A Man and His Science. 1984.
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