Great Throughts Treasury

This site is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Alan William Smolowe who gave birth to the creation of this database.

Harold Lewis, fully Harold "Hal" Warren Lewis

American Professor of Physics, Department Chair at University of California

"Fear and risk are different creatures. What some of us fear most - poison in our drinking water, radiation in our air, pesticides on our food - pose hardly any real risk, while some we fear least - driving, drinking and smoking - kill many hundreds of thousands each year."

"It is a curious paradox that aversion of future harm seems more important than the promise of future benefit. That was not always true. Those who are unwilling to invent in the future haven’t earned one."

"To give up the task of reforming society is to give up one's responsibility as a free man. "

"Those who are unwilling to invest in the future haven't earned one."