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Members in the Media

As quoted in other publications...

“The universe is a time machine —the farther away you look, the farther back you see in time.”
Ed Stone – Caltech, Pasadena Star-News, June 12, 2006

“Think about holding a rope taut. If you pluck it, you can see the vibration going down the rope.”
Ellen Brown – explaining how sounds are produced at different frequencies, The Free-Lance Star (Fredricksburg, VA), June 16, 2006

“The Chinese are so smart they knock your socks off. The impression you get when you go over there is that China is going to take over the world soon.”
Andrew Strominger – Harvard University, on China’s rapid improvement in science, The New York Times, June 20, 2006

“Quantum mechanics is like poetry. The poem is right there, for everyone to see, but it has many different interpretations.”
Daniel Sheehan – University of San Diego, San Diego Union-Tribune, June 22, 2006

“It has really gotten quite outrageous. These new questions that were raised are just one more example of many, in which people are scrambling to find the slightest little reason to question important scientific results, and then blow it way out of proportion.”
Neal Lane – Rice University, on recent disputes over climate science research, Houston Chronicle, June 23, 2006

“If there is a supernova in our vicinity during the next couple of months, our chances of detecting and measuring the resulting gravitational waves are good. The first step towards gravitational wave astronomy has been taken.”
Karsten Danzmann – University of Hanover, on GEO 600, a gravitational wave detector in Europe, BBC news online, June 26, 2006

“We've spent 400 years since the invention of the telescope looking at
a small portion of what exists.”
Fred Raab – LIGO, Los Angeles Times, June 10, 2006

“If anybody thinks we are going to be designing new warheads and not doing testing, I don't know what they are smoking. I don't know of a general, an admiral, a president or anybody in responsibility who would take an untested new weapon that is different from the ones in our stockpile and rely on it without resuming testing.”
Sidney Drell – Stanford University, Los Angeles Times, June 13, 2006

“The best monument in my opinion as a scientist would be to build a new facility that would allow groundbreaking new science. With respect to whatever new facility goes in here, the first thing you do on a tour is give homage to the history of the site. You talk about the Nobel Prizes, the discovery of the anti-proton, and so on, that happened on this site. I think that's a much more fitting monument than an old, decaying, hazardous structure.”
Benedict Feinberg – Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, on whether to preserve the building that housed Berkeley lab’s Bevatron, as a historic monument, or build a new scientific facility, San Francisco Chronicle, June 29, 2006

“If those guys aren’t more nervous than I am, they’ve become jaded and should resign their positions.”
Douglas Osheroff – Stanford, on NASA managers’ decision to launch the space shuttle on July 4, Associated Press, July 4, 2006

“It was such a great question to ask that the sort of result you could get if you could do this was so huge. I thought, 'Why wasn't everybody doing this?'”
Saul Perlmutter – Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, on skepticism he initially faced when beginning his search for supernovas to measure the deceleration of the universe’s expansion, Contra Costa Times, July 3, 2006

“For a few hours [tonight], a lot of people will stop worrying about their troubles while watching the show, which is not a bad thing,”
Robert Adair – Yale University, on the Home Run Derby held in Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 10, 2006

“I don't think anyone knows how long this will take… We have a vision, but not milestones.”
Michael Freedman – Microsoft, on quantum computing, the Star-Ledger (Newark, NJ) July 12, 2006

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