Survival of the Slickest

“We are no longer accustomed to passion in the natural sciences; it has been replaced by ambition. Our young geniuses are passionately ambitious instead of being passionately passionate; and it has become very difficult to distinguish between what is ardent search for the truth and what is a vigorous promotion campaign. What started as an adventure of the highest has become the survival of the slickest or the quickest.” (Erwin Chargaff, Voices in the Labyrinth)