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Jack Steinberger

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You only have one life. Whatever crops up, crops up.
Interview with the 1988 Nobel Laureate in Physics, Jack Steinberger, at the 58th Meeting of Nobel Laureates in Lindau, Germany, July 2008. The interviewer is Adam Smith, Editor-in-Chief of

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When I was in the military I always made it my first mission to burn the enemy's crops!

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