Questions for a Rocket Scientist Congressman

Photo source. By Tom Briglia. Dr. Eric Brown from IBM Research preps four members of congress – Jared Polis (D-Colo.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Jim Himes (D-Conn.), Rush Holt (D-N.J.) – for an exhibition game against IBM’s Watson on Monday.

If you had a chance to sit down with Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ), referred to as the “rocket scientist Congressman,” what would you ask?

I will be doing exactly that in a few weeks and am looking forward to my discussion with him on a range of topics, including science education.

Rep. Holt is not a typical Congressman. He earned academic degrees in Physics, including a Ph.D., served as a faculty member at Swathmore College, and as the Assistant Director of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory at Princeton University.

Rep. Holt is also a five-time champion on the television show Jeopardy! and won a match against the IBM computer Watson.

So, dear readers, what would you ask?


  1. #1 Orac
    January 6, 2012

    I miss Rush Holt. He used to be my Representative, and then I had to move to a different state. Now I’m stuck with…well, let’s just say that my current Representative is not a rocket scientist, and that’s being charitable.

  2. #2 Jeff
    January 6, 2012

    Indeed. Thanks for your comment! Any questions for him while I’m there?

  3. #3 Cayo Bo
    January 6, 2012

    I would ask him a question about Pi

    Does he prefer apple or Key Lime?

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