"There is awesome resistance for the system to change. But I think this is a better way to teach physics. Once you reduce the math, physics is harder to teach and maybe that's part of the problem."
-Leon Lederman, Fermilab, on teaching physics in the freshman year of high school, San Diego Union-Tribune, November 11, 2001
"You have to pay attention when something challenges the standard model. But I'd be reluctant to call this new physics until others confirm the experiment."
-Jonathan Rosner, University of Chicago, on results from Fermilab's NuTev experiment, USA Today, November 12, 2001
"The actual effect is more complicated than we thought previously. Air pressure plays an important part, irrespective of the density of the grains. Our results indicate an intricate interplay between vibration-induced convection and fluidization, drag by interstitial air and intruder motion."
-Sidney Nagel, University of Chicago, on why large nuts rise to the top in a can of mixed nuts, the Independent (London), November 15, 2001
"His experience has been desperately needed. He is remarkably well-suited to the task."
-D. Allan Bromley, Yale University, on the appointment of Donald Henderson to head the new Office of Public Health Preparedness, Dallas Morning News, November 18, 2001
"A little mouse may only live two or three years, and a whale may live roughly 60, but they have the same number of heart beats. And that is roughly a billion. It's as if an organism of a given size has its own internal clock ticking away."
-Geoffrey West, Los Alamos, on the use of scaling laws to explain biological systems, Santa Fe New Mexican, November 19, 2001
"Since emission can now be detected at the single molecule level, the use of these green fluorescent proteins can lead to nano-devices in which the memory cell is composed of just one protein."
-Vittorio Pellegrini, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, on the possibility of biological memory devices, Electronics Times, November 19, 2001
"When I left, Iraq had already built part of its biological program and was already synthesizing and making biological agents. And..Iraq continued even after the destruction of the Gulf War and the presence of inspectors who were hounding Iraqi scientists all over Iraq, it still managed to rebuild parts of its biological program."
-Khidhir Hamza, Fredericksburg, VA, CNBC Hardball with Chris Matthews, November 19, 2001
"It was easier in World War II because there wasn't a standing bureaucracy. Now we have such a big defense infrastructure. People are going to argue, 'That's my turf!' It's going to be extremely difficult."
-Richard L. Garwin, Council on Foreign Relations, on whether scientists can have an impact on government policy, New York Times, November 20, 2001
"Homestake provides depth, great depth, the primary criterion for a national underground science laboratory."
-John Bahcall, Institute for Advanced Study, on whether to build a new underground laboratory in South Dakota, New York Times, November 24, 2001
And finally, two comments on the accident at Super-Kamiokande that destroyed most of the photomultiplier tubes: "It will probably take more than a year and enormous costs to repair, and that will mean the world's neutrino studies will lag behind in the meantime without this unique detector, the world's largest."
-Masatoshi Koshiba, University of Tokyo, Asahi News Service, November 14, 2001
"We're determined to rebuild the detectors."
-Yoji Totsuka, University of Tokyo, Associated Press, November 13, 2001
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