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Last week, I attended the 65th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Germany as a member of the American delegation of young scientists. The purpose of the meeting was to promote the scientific exchange of ideas between nations and generations. Throughout the week, students from around the world discussed research in physics, chemistry, and medicine with each other, as well as the dozens of laureates in attendance.
Ivar Giaever — who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1973 for experimental discoveries characterizing electron tunneling — used the occasion to discuss global climate change. His remarks have recently been discussed by Dennis Prager, and shown up in various news stories. The content speaks for itself and, if you wish to listen for yourself, Giaever’s full, half hour lecture can be viewed below.
My principle interaction with Giaever occurred after his lecture, at a closed-door question and answer session exclusively for students. In it, I witnessed student after student attack Giaever, both for his remarks and as a person. Some initiated their challenges by explicitly stating — or, for those with more tact, insinuating — that he was unintelligent, slow-witted, immoral, or unfeeling.