I’m just a lazy person. I do what I want to do and that wasn’t worth doing.—Physicist Donna Strickland, of the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, speaking with The Star about why she never applied to become a full professor. She finally did after winning a Nobel Prize in Physics in October, and received tenure later that month. (October 5)
It’s getting harder and harder to make new ideas, and the economy is more or less compensating for that. The only way we’ve been able to roughly maintain growth is to throw more and more scientists at it.—Stanford University and MIT economists, writing in a paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research about a decades-long decline...