The drive toward complex technical achievement offers a clue to why the U.
S. is good at space gadgetry and bad at slum problems.
The quality of American life is an insult to the possibilities of human growth.
.. the pollution of American space, with gadgetry and cars and TV and box architecture, brutalizes the senses, making gray neurotics of most of us, and perverse spiritual athletes and strident self-transcenders of the best of us.
Science is not gadgetry.
In parallel with the development of my interests in technical gadgetry I began to acquire a profound love of and respect for the natural world which motivates my scientific thinking to this day.