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Renaissance Physicists-Learning from MIT

Renaissance Physicists-Learning from MIT

This video was recorded at MIT World Series: Nobel Laureate Speakers. Renaissance Physicists This duet of talks by two Nobelists, while cheering the consolidation of MIT's Physics groups within the new Green Center for Physics, sees primarily gloomy prospects for science in coming decades. There are "dark clouds on the horizon," believes Robert Laughlin, as the post-World War 2 public funding of basic research dwindles. In its wake, commercial interests are gaining control over the production of knowledge, favoring chemistry, materials sciences and engineering disciplines. In a technical milieu, some of the people "have to have a wild childlike curiosity where they demand to understand everything," and this "omnivorous" person is typically a physicist, says Laughlin. Omnivorous scientists... Show More


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