"Max is rather silent, but to spend the days chewing on a problem, and writing and
erasing things on the blackboard with him, is terribly exciting. He is unusually cultured
by American standards. You know, most American scientists are duds; they never have
read a sensible book."
Salvador Luria. The Eighth Day of Creation. 1979.
"...the whole business was like a child's toy that you could buy at the dime store,
all built in this wonderful way that you could explain in Life magazine so that really a five-year-old can understand what's going on...This was
the greatest surprise for everyone."
Max Delbruck. The Eighth Day of Creation. 1979.
"[Pauling] didn't deserve to get the structure. He really didn't read the literature.
And he didn't talk to anyone either. He'd even forgotten his own paper with Max Delbrück
which said that a gene should replicate by complementarity. He seems to consider that
he should have got the structure because he was so bright, but really he didn't deserve
James Watson. Nature, 302: 653. April 1983.