Steven Chu quotes

  • Science is really about describing the way the universe works in one aspect or another in all branches of science-how a life-form works, how this works, how that works. ... You have to have a natural curiosity for that.
    -- Steven Chu

    #Curiosity #Branches #Way

  • As the saying goes, the Stone Age did not end because we ran out of stones; we transitioned to better solutions. The same opportunity lies before us with energy efficiency and clean energy.
    -- Steven Chu

    #Lying #Opportunity #Age

  • Education in my family was not merely emphasized, it was our raison d'etre.
    -- Steven Chu

    #My Family

  • I've always been inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, who articulated his Dream of an America where people are judged not by skin color but "by the content of their character." In the scientific world, people are judged by the content of their ideas. Advances are made with new insights, but the final arbitrator of any point of view are experiments that seek the unbiased truth, not information cherry picked to support a particular point of view.
    -- Steven Chu

    #Dream #Kings #Character

  • Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe.
    -- Steven Chu

    #Europe #Gasoline #Levels

  • So imagine a world 6 degrees warmer. It's not going to recognize geographical boundaries. It's not going to recognize anything. So agriculture regions today will be wiped out.
    -- Steven Chu

    #Agriculture #World #Today

  • I approached the bulk of my schoolwork as a chore rather than an intellectual adventure.
    -- Steven Chu

    #Adventure #Intellectual #Funny Travel

  • The atoms become like a moth, seeking out the region of higher laser intensity.
    -- Steven Chu

    #Lasers #Atoms #Intensity

  • Sustainable energy is the equivalent of the U.S. moon shot.
    -- Steven Chu

    #Moon #Sustainable Energy #Energy

  • Just refrigerator efficiency saves more energy than all that we're generating from renewables, excluding hydroelectric power... I cannot impress upon you how important energy efficiency is. It doesn't mean you eat lukewarm food and your beers are lukewarm. You can still have it; you just make a better thing
    -- Steven Chu

    #Mean #Beer #Important

  • In the summer after kindergarten, a friend introduced me to the joys of building plastic model airplanes and warships. By the fourth grade, I graduated to an erector set and spent many happy hours constructing devices of unknown purpose where the main design criterion was to maximize the number of moving parts and overall size. The living room rug was frequently littered with hundreds of metal “girders” and tiny nuts and bolts surrounding half-finished structures. An understanding mother allowed me to keep the projects going for days on end.
    -- Steven Chu

    #Summer #Mother #Moving

  • By the fourth grade, I graduated to an erector set and spent many happy hours constructing devices of unknown purpose where the main design criterion was to maximize the number of moving parts and overall size.
    -- Steven Chu

    #Moving #Numbers #Design

  • If other countries don't impose a cost on carbon, then we will be at a disadvantage...we would look at considering perhaps duties that would offset that cost.
    -- Steven Chu

    #Country #Cost #Looks

  • Of course we don't want the price of gasoline to go up, we want it to go down.
    -- Steven Chu

    #Gasoline #Want

  • Geometry was the first exciting course I remember.
    -- Steven Chu

    #Firsts #Remember #Exciting

  • However, when my parents married in 1945, China was in turmoil and the possibility of returning grew increasingly remote, and they decided to begin their family in the United States.
    -- Steven Chu

    #Parent #United States #Married

  • Pick the right sized pot, don't pick a pot five times bigger, twice as big.
    -- Steven Chu

    #Pot #Bigs #Bigger

  • I called my mother up when they announced the Nobel Prize, waiting until 7 in the morning. She said, "That's nice - and when are you going to see me next?
    -- Steven Chu

    #Mother #Morning #Nice

  • I also developed an interest in sports, and played in informal games at a nearby school yard where the neighborhood children met to play touch football, baseball, basketball and occasionally, ice hockey.
    -- Steven Chu

    #Basketball #Sports #Baseball

  • Switching to light-coloured roofs and roadways would have the equivalent effect on greenhouse gas emissions to taking one billion cars off the road for eleven years.
    -- Steven Chu

    #Years #Light #Car

  • If there is a regulation that says you have to do something-whether it be putting in seat belts, catalytic converters, clean air for coal plants, clean water-the first tack that the lawyers use, among others things, and that companies use, is that it's going to drive the electricity bill up, drive the cost of cars up, drive everything up. It repeatedly has been demonstrated that once the engineers start thinking about it, it's actually far less than the original estimates. We should remember that when we hear this again, because you will hear it again.
    -- Steven Chu

    #Technology #Thinking #Air

  • If I were emperor of the world, I would put the pedal to the floor on energy efficiency and conservation for the next decade.
    -- Steven Chu

    #World #Dinosaurs #Next

  • I believe [the Department of Energy] should be judged not by the money we direct to a particular State or district, company, university or national lab, but by the character of our decisions. The Department of Energy serves the country as a Department of Science, a Department of Innovation, and a Department of Nuclear Security.
    -- Steven Chu

    #Country #Believe #Character

  • I approached the bulk of my schoolwork as a chore rather than an intellectual adventure. The tedium was relieved by a few courses that seem to be qualitatively different. Geometry was the first exciting course I remember. Instead of memorizing facts, we were asked to think in clear, logical steps. Beginning from a few intuitive postulates, far reaching consequences could be derived, and I took immediately to the sport of proving theorems.
    -- Steven Chu

    #Sports #Adventure #Thinking

  • For the better part of my last semester at Garden City High, I constructed a physical pendulum and used it to make a "precision" measurement of gravity. The years of experience building things taught me skills that were directly applicable to the construction of the pendulum. Twenty-five years later, I was to develop a refined version of this measurement using laser-cooled atoms in an atomic fountain interferometer.
    -- Steven Chu

    #Garden #Years #Skills

  • Coal is My Worst Nightmare.
    -- Steven Chu

    #Coal #Energy #Nightmare

  • My physics teacher, Thomas Miner was particularly gifted. To this day, I remember how he introduced the subject of physics. He told us we were going to learn how to deal with very simple questions such as how a body falls due to the acceleration of gravity.
    -- Steven Chu

    #Teacher #Fall #Simple

  • The biggest gains, in terms of decreasing the country's energy bill, the amount of carbon dioxide we put into the atmosphere, and our dependency on foreign oil, will come from energy efficiency and conservation in the next 20 years. Make no doubt about it. That's where everybody who has really thought about the problem thinks the biggest gains can be and should be.
    -- Steven Chu

    #Country #Thinking #Years

  • While we cannot accurately predict the course of climate change in the coming decades, the risks we run if we don't change our course are enormous. Prudent risk management does not equate uncertainty with inaction.
    -- Steven Chu

    #Running #Risk #Prudent

  • What the American family does not want is to pay an increasing fraction of their budget, their precious dollars, for energy costs.
    -- Steven Chu

    #Doe #Dollars #Cost

  • A cap and trade bill will likely increase the costs of electricity. . . . These costs will be passed on to the consumers. But the issue is, how does it actually...how do we interact in terms with the rest of the world? If other countries don't impose a cost on carbon, then we would be at a disadvantage. . . . We should look at considering duties that would offset that cost.
    -- Steven Chu

    #Country #Issues #Doe

  • At Rochester, I came with the same emotions as many of the entering freshman: everything was new, exciting and a bit overwhelming, but at least nobody had heard of my brothers and cousins.
    -- Steven Chu

    #Cousin #Brother #Entering

  • Suppose you had a small electrical fire and... a structural engineer [looked] at your home's wiring [and] reports that the wiring is "shot" and there is a 50% chance that your house would burn down in the next few years unless you replace all the wiring. The job will cost $20,000... so you get an independent assessment. The next engineer agrees with the first warning. You can either continue to shop for additional evaluations until you find the one engineer in 1,000 that is willing to give you the answer you want, "Your family is not in danger" or you can change the wiring.
    -- Steven Chu

    #Jobs #Independent #Home

  • Let me state what the official IPCC prediction is: Sea levels could go up as much as three-quarters of a meter in this century, but there is a reasonable probability it could be much higher than that.
    -- Steven Chu

    #Sea #Three #Levels

  • I'm the least-educated person in my immediate family. My two other brothers have multiple advanced degrees, and I only have one. [...] Actually, now that I've got a Nobel Prize, I feel equal.
    -- Steven Chu

    #Brother #Two #Degrees

  • The ideal protective layer for a lithium metal anode needs to be chemically stable to protect against the chemical reactions with the electrolyte and mechanically strong to withstand the expansion of the lithium during charge,
    -- Steven Chu

    #Strong #Expansion #Needs

  • I think the Caribbean countries face rising oceans and they face increase in the severity of hurricanes. This is something that is very, very scary to all of us. The island states in the world represent - I remember this number - one-half of 1 percent of the carbon emissions in the world. And they will - some of them will disappear.
    -- Steven Chu

    #Country #Ocean #Thinking

  • Occasionally, I would focus on a particular school project and become obsessed with, what seemed to my mother, to be trivial details instead of apportioning the time I spent on school work in a more efficient way.
    -- Steven Chu

    #Mother #School #Focus

  • Education in our family was not merely emphasized, it was our raison d'etre ... In this family of accomplished scholars, I was to become the academic black sheep. I performed adequately at high school, but in comparison to my older brother, who set the record for the highest cumulative average for our high school, my performance was decidedly mediocre.
    -- Steven Chu

    #Brother #School #Sheep

  • Education in my family was not merely emphasized, it was our raison d'être. Virtually all of our aunts and uncles had Ph.D.s in science or engineering, and it was taken for granted that the next generation of Chu's were to follow the family tradition. When the dust had settled, my two brothers and four cousins collected three MDs, four Ph.D.s and a law degree. I could manage only a single advanced degree.
    -- Steven Chu

    #Cousin #Brother #Uncles

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