There are a number of people who are great physicists who say that they would
have been chemists but found it too difficult.
Well, Einstein, for example. Einstein, of course, was very smart. In 1931 perhaps,
I've forgotten which year, Einstein was visiting at Cal Tech, and I gave a physics seminar
on quantum mechanics and chemical structure. And Einstein was there sitting in the front
row in the physics lecture room. There were reporters there, of course, as usual wherever
Einstein was. And at the end, the reporters asked him, "What did you think of
Professor Pauling's talk?" And he said, "It was too complicated for me."
This is published in the Pasadena Star News. Well, it may be that I should have
presented it, and perhaps I did include too much detail for a physicist. Chemists are more
interested in the details than the physicists are.