“We would probably support any competent scientist that wants to run for Congress.”
Leon Lederman, on getting scientists to run for office, US News and World Report, December 6, 2007

“This represents an extraordinary waste of the investment and leadership established by the UK in this truly international project.”
Albrecht Wagner, DESY, on the UK pulling out of the ILC, The Telegraph (UK), December 13, 2007

“It reminds me a little bit of NASA’s decision to launch the space shuttle with O ring problems.”
Nigel Lockyer, TRIUMF, on Canadian Prime Minister Harper’s decision to overrule Canada’s nuclear safety regulators and fire up the Chalk River reactor, Vancouver Sun, December 13, 2007

“Can the models accurately explain the climate from the recent past? It seems that the answer is no.”
David H. Douglass, University of Rochester, on climate models, Fox News.com, December 13, 2007

“If there’s a math of knots there should also be a science of knots, something that explains why they form.”
Douglas Smith, UC San Diego, San Diego Union Tribune, December 19, 2007

“He was a real nuisance when I was taking high school physics. It was the classic thing. . . you ask for help and all you really want to know is the answer to problem 5B–and he wants to explain it to you.”
Persis Drell, SLAC, on being the daughter of a physicist, San Jose Mercury News, December 18, 2007

“If you tell 100 million people to go east, 25 million will go west because they don’t trust the government.”
Jay C. Davis, on communication after a nuclear attack, Los Angeles Times, January 6, 2008

“Ours is a small detector. It’s roughly the size of this building.”
Brad Cox, University of Virginia, on the CMS detector being built for the LHC, Richmond Times-Dispatch, January 9, 2008

“When you break an egg and scramble it you are doing cosmology.”
Sean Carroll, Caltech, The New York Times, January 15, 2008

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February 2008 (Volume 17, Number 2)

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APS President Urges Members to Take Action on Federal Science Funding
Journals to Print Author Names in Chinese, Japanese and Korean
High‑Energy Labs Reel Under Budget Cuts
POPA's Short Reports Give Congress Timely Scientific Expertise
Learning Assistants Impact Undergraduate Teaching
Senior Physicists Group 10 Years Old and Going Strong
New Lab Association Elects Officers
Members in the Media
This Month in Physics History
Profiles in Versatility
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