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  • "Excuse me, where is the conference room?"

    Several head-scratches and sheepish grins later, I learnt that I had to surmise my own way. It would prove to be a walk of a good forty minutes in old chappals on a windy day, but I wasn't going to stop for anything in the world. It was a Nobel Laureate talk, for heaven's sake!

    A mixed crowd of psychologists, graduate students and enthusiastic undergrads filled the room and spilled out into the hallway. I stood there, the last to enter, but poised with a scribbling pencil in hand, truly journalistic in fashion. The notes were extreme shorthand scribbles, and every word was distilled and synthesized.

    He sat there an old man of wisdom, and to just to be able to take a look at the Nobel Laureate, the very man who discovered the sub-atomic particle Tau Lepton, seemed an utter privelage. He was casual and congenial, but his propensity proved itself in the discussion of the creative processes in the science and the arts. Martin Perl was no ordinary man.

    "There's a lot of self-delusion in science these days. In Physics, Cosmology, groups get together. Interestingly, physics has a lot of problems. Most groups are self-defining." he said.

    Martin Perl shared the Nobel Prize in 1995 for the discovery of the sub-atomic particle. He's a professor at Stanford Linear Accelerator Center at Stanford University. For this discussion, he was accompanied by his son and famous art critic Jed Perl. Dean Simonton, a professor of Psychology acted moderator.

    In regard to the creative process, Dean spoke of inspiration. "You have a vision and it's valid, and it can take you places."

    "Geniuses are high-level creators. They appear in a non-random way. Interaction accelerates creativity." he explained.

    I guess Mr. Perl's immense success came from his persistence and in his singular belief that made him hold onto an idea well after many people had given up. He persisted enough to prove it. That made all the difference.

    As the discussion concluded, there was tremendous applause. I could only stop and stare at the phenomenon of a man who discovered an sub-atomic particle before gently closing the doors and walking home with experience and a book full of notes.
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