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J. Robert Oppenheimer

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There are children playing in the streets who could solve some of my top problems in physics, because they have modes of sensory perception that I lost long ago.
Quoted at Vision '65 "New Challenges for Human Communications", 21-23 October 1965 and published in v 65: New Challenges for human communications, Volume 4, International Center for the Typographic Arts, Southern Illinois University (1965), p. 221

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