Max Ludwig Henning Delbrück was born on September 4th, 1906 in Berlin, German Empire and died on March 9th, 1981 in Pasadena, California.
Max Delbrück entered the field of physics when it was really ‘booming’. Classical concepts had to be overthrown, and with the arrival of Relativity Theory and Quantum Mechanics, entirely new concepts were introduced into the scientific community.
Yet, at the height of his career, Delbrück chose to pursue the largely descriptive and yet poorly understood field of biology. He worked with giants of physics like Max Born, Niels Bohr, Wolfgang Pauli and Lise Meitner – only to leave them and become nothing less than a giant in his own right, receiving the 1969 Noble Price in Medicine together with Salvador Luria and Alfred Hershey.
Max Delbrück’s work established how viruses replicate; it has thus blown the field ofMolecular Genetics wide open. Without his research, the pharmaceutical industry as we know it would not exist today. We would not have bacteria producing recombinant insulin for us. No genetic testing. We would not even know what DNA really is!
What compels someone to make a radical career change – when he could have just coasted along – with so much power and hunger to help found a completely new discipline in biology?
Disclaimer: I never did yoga and know nothing about it. Some people do swear by it, and I am sympathetic to all their experiences with better joint flexibility, posture control etc. Maybe I’ll try it out myself one day.
Until I do that (and in the spirit of exploration), I wrote down some ideas for interesting yoga poses, and the effects they would create. I have given them fancy animal names. Maybe you like them too! Or even try them out. Let me know how that goes.
Meetups. This is actually what Benjamin Franklin decided to do when he formed the ‘Junto’. A place to ‘hang out’ with the best minds of his time to discuss philosophies and develop new visions and ideas. A true Mastermind.
According to Claudia Altucher, a good meetup group consists of the speaker making sure everyone is heard and people are introduced towards each other. This is another consideration when you start a group – how do you make sure everyone is heard? If you do that, you automatically force yourself to become specific with your vision, what you can contribute to each member of the group.
I think the best meetups are those that either (a) have the potential to install deeper friendships by rallying around a common cause or (b) solve a problem that we can’t easily do on our own. But together with others, we could. That way, the group can truly become bigger than ourselves.
These books include self-improvement books as well as novels and children’s books. Some of those that are supposed to be for young adults, they often contain wisdom I find myself drawn to even 25 years later. Plus, I imagine if you have kids, you can also read these books to them.
I often travel back and forth between the US and Europe. Flying is fun and I love it. I am also mildly affected by a mix of hope and strange exhilaration every time I take the plane. Did I put everything in order? Do I have all my documents with me?
The following list is a collection of several thoughts I had and measures I take whenever I go by air travel.
Refrigerators are a great invention. Their strength – a well isolated cool environment – is also one of their weaknesses. You know one way to “clean up”? Get a big cupboard or drawer, throw all your stuff in there and close it. Case solved. Likewise, we close the door and are never really aware of problems with the fridge. We don’t notice all the time if the fridge light does not work, so we forget about replacing it. If we don’t think about it, we forget the food we put in there, and buy ready-made meals that we could have done with stuff that was already inside. And behind the fridge? Better not look, right?
We live in amazing times. Whatever we don’t know, we can simply teach ourselves from Udemy or Coursera. Which courses or classes would be interesting? Maybe seminars that you could even assemble? Victor Pride’s 30 Days Of Discipline is an example, which John Shea has made into a course. If you have the knowledge and the willingness to invest the time, you could first learn a new profession yourself, then teach it to others.
This is very important. Often we just rush through the day without making time to sit back and relax – we kind of “never find the time”. It’s great to be busy and to work towards your goals – but small breaks now and then are not a hindrance – they can in fact help to structure your day.
When you invest three minutes away from your normal activities and think about how to relax your mind, you can become more efficient, productive and happier on the long run.