“Is it too late?” he wanted to know.
Professor Leventhal explained that his own undergraduate and graduate degrees had been in physics and that Horvitz would, in fact, be “starting early.”
“Basic research, discovery-oriented research, can be very fundamentally important in a variety of ways — it’s interesting and intellectually satisfying and I think that’s what drives many researchers. It’s from such basic research that unexpected discoveries come. And it’s these unexpected discoveries that are the big leaps. Basic research is really the driver of scientific knowledge.” — H. Robert HorvitzFrom MIT World