Nobel laureate Frank Wilczek pays tribute to Mr. Wizard Don Herbert, who passed away this past June 2007. It is quite amazing to see how these figures can have a direct influence on a generation of kids to pursue science. The same thing happened with Carl Sagan's "Cosmos" TV show that had many kids going into astronomy.
So I wonder how much damage has "The Elegant Universe" TV show has done to kids into making them pursue String Theory?
OK, OK, I'll stop!