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How Do We Identify Science's Most Worthwhile Problems?

years, physicist Alvin M. Weinberg--former director of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and now Distinguished Fellow at Oak Ridge Associated Universities--has gained international acclaim not only for his scientific achievements, but also as a profound thinker, author, and social commentator. For his contributions to the development of nuclear energy, he has been the recipient of numerous honors, including the Enrico Fermi Award, the Harvey Prize, and the Atoms for Peace Award. From 1958 t

Alvin Weinberg
years, physicist Alvin M. Weinberg--former director of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and now Distinguished Fellow at Oak Ridge Associated Universities--has gained international acclaim not only for his scientific achievements, but also as a profound thinker, author, and social commentator.

For his contributions to the development of nuclear energy, he has been the recipient of numerous honors, including the Enrico Fermi Award, the Harvey Prize, and the Atoms for Peace Award. From 1958 to 1961, he served the United States government as a member of the President's Science Advisory Committee, and in 1974 he was White House director of energy research and development. Weinberg, now 78, is the author of seven books. The most recent, a collection of his writings titled Nuclear Reactions: Science and Trans-Science, published late last year by AIP Press in New York, covers a wide range of subjects pertinent to the inner workings of the science...

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