from the urls-we-dig-up dept
A fairly sizable list of Nobel laureates suffer from Nobel disease — a phenomenon in which respected scientists publicly espouse somewhat crazy ideas. Perhaps just being famous also causes this affliction…? Or maybe there should be more research on this topic, worthy of an Ig Nobel award. In any case, here are a few links on some Nobel prize winners that demonstrate these people are still human.
- Nobel laureate James Watson, famous for eludicating the helical structure of DNA, recently auctioned off his medal for over $4 million. The winning bid came from Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov who says he’ll return the medal to Watson. [url]
- Nobel laureates in Chemistry seem to like giving advice to others. Ada Yonath had some sage advice: “Go into science if you are curious and have passion for it. If not, find something else.” [url]
- Kary Mullis, the inventor of PCR who won the Nobel prize in chemistry in 1993, supported research suggesting that AIDS is not caused by HIV. The scientific evidence is overwhelming against the assertion that HIV and AIDS are unrelated, but Mullis isn’t convinced. [url]
- Linus Pauling won not just one, but TWO Nobel prizes. However, these credentials didn’t prevent him from spouting some crazy unsupported statements, such as asserting that megadoses of vitamin C can prevent colds and death from cancers. [url]
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