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« Student Research Needed: Chem/Mech Properties | Main | Emerging Tech LIVE! (7) »

September 28, 2006


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I assume this is the same George Whitesides who became a bete noir in the Drexlerite community after his article in the infamous September 2001 Scientific American issue?


I have to say, I am not too impressed by his talk as summarized above. It seems to reflect a general ignorance of economics, the benefits of free trade, and the principle of comparative advantage. This may not be too surprising since Whitesides is a professor of Chemistry. Perhaps he has a habit of making pronouncements far from his field of expertise.

Mike Treder, CRN

Yes, that is the same George Whitesides. I was not very impressed with his talk either. He came across as an uncritical supporter of the current scientific and political establishment. This was especially evident during audience Q&A, when he was rather dismissive of anyone who suggested that educators should be more responsive to the interactive ways in which today's kids connect to media.

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