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Facts are the Enemy of Truth-Reflections on Serendipitous Discovery and Unforeseen Developments in Asymmetric Catalysis.
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PMID:  23203605     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
As Louis Pasteur said, "Chance favors only a prepared mind." Serendipitous events reorienting the pathway of science often occur through the actions of dedicated individuals with unique cultural and educational backgrounds, an original sense of values, and firm principles. Science is the fountainhead of human knowledge and possesses an indispensable cultural value. Science-based technologies and the innovations derived from them are the foundation of the civilized society in which we live today. All scientific endeavors begin with observations, or facts. However, the real goal of research activity is to convert accumulated knowledge to something with new technological, economic, or social value. Innovation is an essential aspect to assure the continued survival of humanity. And often, as my half-century of research reflects, the act of turning facts into values is facilitated by dialogue. Thus, to acquire the necessary combined wisdom, scientists must have ongoing conversations with the societies they serve, as well as with their counterparts in other nations.
Authors:
Ryoji Noyori
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-12-3
Journal Detail:
Title:  Angewandte Chemie (International ed. in English)     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1521-3773     ISO Abbreviation:  Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Engl.     Publication Date:  2012 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-12-3     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370543     Medline TA:  Angew Chem Int Ed Engl     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.
Affiliation:
RIKEN, 2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198 (Japan); Nagoya University, Department of Chemistry and Research Center for Materials Science, Chikusa, Nagoya 464-8602 (Japan). noyori@riken.jp, noyori@chem3.chem.nagoya-u.ac.jp.
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