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Salvador Luria
(13 Aug 1912 - 6 Feb 1991)

Italian-American microbiologist.

Science Quotes by Salvador Luria (4 quotes)

Everyone knows that in research there are no final answers, only insights that allow one to formulate new questions.
— Salvador Luria
In A Slot Machine, A Broken Test Tube: An Autobiography (1984).
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Significant advances in science often have a peculiar quality: they contradict obvious, commonsense opinions.
— Salvador Luria
A Slot Machine, A Broken Test Tube: An Autobiography (1984).
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What matters in science is the body of findings and generalizations available today: a time-defined cross-section of the process of scientific discovery. I see the advance of science as self-erasing in the sense that only those elements survive that have become part of the active body of knowledge.
— Salvador Luria
In A Slot Machine, A Broken Test Tube (1985), 123.
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the world of science may be the only existing participatory democracy.
— Salvador Luria
In A Slot Machine, A Broken Test Tube: An Autobiography (1984).
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