Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Do You Know a Scientist?

Just a quick shoutout at this NYTimes story in the paper's science section.  It's mostly about getting scientists involved in politics, but it does open with how little Americans know even about scientists. 

I love this bit (the lede):
When asked to name a scientist, Americans are stumped. In one recent survey, the top choice, at 47 percent, was Einstein, who has been dead since 1955, and the next, at 23 percent, was “I don’t know.” In another survey, only 4 percent of respondents could name a living scientist.

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