Friday, October 26, 2007

An Inconvenient Truth About Science

This writer complains about the fact that many parts of science and many scientists do not get the deserved recognition for their work that has affected our lives. He brought up the example of this year's Physics Nobel Prize winners Albert Fert and Peter Grunberg.

If you've read this blog for any considerable period of time, you'd notice that this is a familiar complaint that I've written before. Case in point is the contribution to physics (and technology) of John Bardeen, the ONLY person still to have won the Physics Nobel Prize twice. And consider that one of his nobel prizes is for the invention of the transistor which is the foundation of all modern electronics, I'd say that is as big, if not bigger, than the GMR discovery of Fert and Grunberg in terms of application.

Still, when half of the population still believes in some form of pseudoscience or science misinformation, it is hard to make them realize and appreciate the efforts of scientists.


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