“Our opinion is that fractal analysis doesn’t give you the right to have an opinion.”
Harsh Mathur, Case Western Reserve University, claiming misuse of fractal analysis to judge the authenticity of a Jackson Pollock painting, Cleveland Plain Dealer, December 25, 2006

“I welcome open, intelligent discussions on fractal analysis. My scientific reputation does not hinge on this controversy, but rests on the more than 200 publications I have authored in the past 20 years.”
Richard Taylor, University of Oregon, on other people’s criticism of his work on fractal analysis of Pollock paintings, Cleveland Plain Dealer, December 25, 2006

“We feel that we’ve really only scratched the surface and the comet has already given us some surprises and mysteries. So it's going to keep us busy for a long time.”
Andrew Westphal, University of California, Berkeley,  on analyzing dust grains collected from a comet with NASA’s Stardust mission. Contra Costa Times, December 15, 2006

“I couldn’t figure out why. It drove me nuts. But when I began to study it, it turned out to be all basic physics.”
Diandra Leslie-Pelecky, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, on seeing a race car crash into a wall, which inspired her to write a book on the physics of NASCAR, Christian Science Monitor, January 2, 2007

“Supersymmetry is a vital part of string theory, so if the LHC doesn’t find it, that would argue strongly against string theory. If it is observed, you can say that string theory has not been disproved, but not that it has been validated.”
Lawrence Krauss, Case Western Reserve University, Wall Street Journal, January 5, 2007

 “I thought he was trying to do what he could to keep a declining operation functioning as well as he could.”
Gerald E. Marsh, on Linton Brooks’ dismissal as head of the National Nuclear Security Administration, The New York Times, January 5, 2007

“I like to think of visible matter as the olive in the martini of dark matter.”
Sean Carroll, Caltech, Los Angeles Times, January 8, 2007

“It was as if his internal organs received a severe sunburn and peeled.”
Peter D. Zimmerman, King's College, London, on the poisoning of Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko with polonium-210, Los Angeles Times, January 1, 2007

“Nobody has built an instrument this sensitive. It is a probe into the unknown.”
Ramanath Cowsik, Washington University, on an experiment to measure gravity more precisely, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, January 8, 2007

“It’s one thing to have all the components working and another to have them all working together. To me, that’s the key technical issue that has yet to be resolved.”
Raymond Jeanloz, University of California, Berkeley, on untested replacement nuclear warheads, The New York Times, January 7, 2007


©1995 - 2017, AMERICAN PHYSICAL SOCIETY
APS encourages the redistribution of the materials included in this newspaper provided that attribution to the source is noted and the materials are not truncated or changed.

Editor: Alan Chodos
Contributing Editor: Jennifer Ouellette
Staff Writer: Ernie Tretkoff

February 2007 (Volume 16, Number 2)

Table of Contents

APS News Archives

Contact APS News Editor


Articles in this Issue
APS Commemorates Birth of the Transistor
APS Membership Sets a New Record in 2007
Serious Consequences Loom if FY07 Budget is Frozen
PhysicsQuest Kits are Back by Popular Demand
Thursday Night Football with Tim Gay
Physicist Finds His Fortune in the Cards
Engineering Academy Seeks Grand Challenges
H. Frederick Dylla To Succeed Marc Brodsky as Head of American Institute of Physics
Members in the Media
This Month in Physics History
International News
Zero Gravity: The Lighter Side of Science
Viewpoint
The Back Page