söndag 6 november 2016

Why are Scientists Openly Supporting Hillary?

Physicists and mathematicians such as Peter Woit, Leonard Susskind and Terence Tao have come out as strong supporters of Hillary in the presidential race, and then of course as strong opponents to Trump. This is unusual because scientists seldom (openly) take on political missions.

Why is that? Isn't science beyond politics? No, not in our time, and then not in particular climate science, which has become 100% politics. Climate scientists don't like Trump, because he says that climate science is 100% politics and not science. 

Is it the same thing with physics and math? Is a pure mathematician like Tao and a string theorist like Susskind fearing that a questioning non-opportunist Trump would be more difficult to deal with than an opportunist Hillary representing (scientific) establishment? What if Trump would question the value of string theory, as he did with climate science?

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