I personally don’t think of myself as either an optimist or a pessimist.
I meet so many that think population growth is a major problem in regard to climate change. But the number of children born per year in the world has stopped growing since 1990. The total number of children below 15 years of age in the world are now relatively stable around 2 billion.
Cancer is awful. It took 10 years until I didn’t think about it every day. Nobody should go through this. Nobody.
The bohemian life that reigned in Paris until the end of the ’50s is gone. The artists had more time to think, to reflect; success didn’t come so suddenly.
Eighteen fifty-eight was a year of great technological advancement in the West. That was the year when Queen Victoria was able, for the first time, to communicate with President Buchanan, through the Transatlantic Telegraphic Cable. And they were the first to ‘Twitter’ transatlantically.
American museums have become cautious, because it is very hard to get money to do something different or controversial.
The shining star in the world is Shanghai. That’s what CEOs from big companies say – ‘if I want mathematical analytical work done, it’s done in China.’
Nanotechnology has been moving a little faster than I expected, virtual reality a little slower.
Well, the truth is I’m very scared for people to dislike me. I have conflict-avoidance.
Once a discovery has been published, there is no way of un-publishing it.