Verbatim excerpts from the media on the conduct of science.

Beware Mathematicians!

…scientists should always oppose the appointment of pure mathematicians to head scientific committees and institutions. Sir John Kingman [the mathematician appointed to report to the U.K. government on the teaching of English] was formerly director of the SERC, and Sir Peter Swinnerton-Dyer is the present head of the University Grants Committee. Mathematicians tend instinctively to view research as being done with a pad and pencil, or with sand and a stick, and without expensive equipment. Indeed, recently Sir Peter has seemed resigned to the loss of astronomy and high-energy physics as subjects of excellence in Britain. Beware mathematicians.
—Stanley Alderson
Letter to the Editor
New Scientist, p. 69
February 12, 1987

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