The Quantum Pontiff

Bowling and Taking Shots for Science

David Baltimore and Ahmed Zewail, both Nobel dudes, have an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal about the presidential candidates choosing not to participate in a debate over science and technology policy:

All three candidates declined. Apparently the top contenders for our nation’s highest elective office have better things to do than explain to the public their views on securing America’s future.

Of course they have better things to do: bowling and taking shots and being under phantom sniper fire! Don’t these Nobel prize winners read Fafblog? Without bowling and shots, where will America’s competitiveness go? I say good science policy begins with a high bowling score and a few shots, don’t you agree?

Oh, and what the heck is up with the NIH?

At the National Institutes of Health, the average age of a first grant is 42 for a Ph.D. and 44 for an M.D.

Seriously if they funded mathematicians, we’d have no new theorems at all (yes I exaggerate :) )