"We felt that in the old way of doing it, too many things were covered and the essential features of physics as a science were getting lost in a sea of formulas. We had feedback that said students were having a hard time appreciating the essential connectedness of it all."
—Joshua Socolar, Duke University, on restructuring introductory physics classes at Duke, the Chronicle (the independent daily at Duke University), Nov. 3, 2003
"Any astronomer or astrophysicist will tell you the same thing - as long as it doesn't get back to their local congressman. NASA thinks Americans will always support people in space rather than knowledge in space. But I think they've asked the wrong questions."
—Virginia Trimble, University of California, Irvine, Florida Today, Nov. 4, 2003
"This is our first direct look at the incredibly dynamic activity in the solar system's outer limits,"
—Stamatios Krimigis, The Johns Hopkins University, on the Voyager spacecraft possibly having reached the edge of the solar system, New York Times, Nov. 6, 2003
"You can always find some scenario where you can get a limited military advantage from new weapons. But you have to balance that against what you're doing to your security, especially if it invites other countries to go nuclear. We have to be able to reduce our reliance on these weapons, not make new missions for them."
—Sidney Drell, Stanford University, on "reduced collateral damage" weapons (mini-nukes), Oakland Tribune, Nov. 8, 2003
"I think we are so confused that we should keep an open mind to tinkering with gravity,"
—Michael Turner, University of Chicago, New York Times, Nov.11, 2003
"I wouldn't want my doctor thinking that intelligent design was an equally plausible hypothesis to evolution any more than I would want my airplane pilot believing in the flat Earth."
—James Langer, University of California, Santa Barbara, New York Times, Nov. 11, 2003
"The sound is rather like a large jet plane flying 100 feet above your house in the middle of the night,"
—John Cramer, University of Washington, on what the Big Bang sounded like, New Scientist, Nov. 1, 2003
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