25 February 2007

Link of the day: "The Cult of Genius"

I came across an interesting post at Cosmic Variance about hero worship in physics. I don't have anything against Feynman, but I think physicists should publicize other personalities. Feynman was a brash, outspoken genius. How about the quieter theorists and the hardworking expermimentalists? How about John Bahcall, a theorist who studied solar neutrinos when no one took him seriously? Bahcall proposed a solar neutrino experiment in 1964 and almost forty years later, solar neutrino experiments were awarded the 2002 Nobel Prize! I would just like to break the stereotype that physicists are either showmen (Feynman) or wacky and "bad at math" (Einstein) or study cosmology/particles (Hawking).

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