Magazine December 21, 2009, Issue

The Uncertainty Principle

(Darren Gygi)
America dominates science with a classic American formula: freedom

When the 2009 Nobel Prizes were announced, Barack Obama’s peace award came as a shock, but no one was surprised that of the nine winners of Nobel science prizes (chemistry, physics, and medicine), six had done their research at American institutions. The United States has dominated science Nobels for many decades, accounting for at least half the laureates in every decade since the 1950s.

Doomsayers keep predicting that the U.S. will be overtaken by a prosperous and united Europe and a confident and powerful China (India too, eventually). Our public schools, it is said, do such a bad job of nurturing …

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