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"The integrated circuit, along with the transistor, has probably emerged as the greatest discovery of the last century. The prize really recognizes the boom associated with communications spawned by this work."
-Marc Brodsky, American Institute of Physics, commenting on the 2000 Nobel Prizes, USA Today, October 11, 2000
"Einstein didn't win the Nobel Prize for the theory of relativity. He won it for showing that you don't need to worry about radiation from your cell phone."
-Robert Cahn, UC Berkeley, op-ed article, San Francisco Chronicle, August 30, 2000
"Yes, it has had problems, but it is a difficult and challenging project, which, because of its importance, we should not dodge."
-Richard Petrasso, MIT, on the National Ignition Facility, USA Today, September 14, 2000
"It's easy to say foolish things about thermodynamics, and some very wise people have said foolish things."
-John Ross, Stanford University, Science News, October 7, 2000
"Some of the signals that we'll get from the present run could turn out to be from the quark-gluon plasma."
-John Harris, Yale University, on first results from the STAR detector at RHIC, Long Island Newsday, September 26, 2000
"We don't have really good sources for bright, entangled photons."
-Paul Kwiat, LANL, on improving microchips using quantum theory, New York Times, October 26, 2000
"If you can go into a plasma and change something this basic, you've just changed the rules about how it works."
-Robin Marjoribanks, U. of Toronto, on the breakdown of Debye shielding in the presence of intense laser-generated fields, Toronto Star, October 27, 2000
"It's like having plastic explosive in space. You're releasing that energy in an explosive manner."
-James Drake, University of Maryland, on how magnetic fields energize plasmas in space, New York Times, October 24, 2000
"The significance of this finding? It's just, Wow! After all these years, we can still find something new in our solar system."
-Charles Baltay, Yale University, on the discovery of a new 'plutino', Reuters News story, October 25, 2000