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What Would Enrico Fermi Think Of Science Today?

More than 60 years after the physicist won the Nobel Prize, author

David N. Schwartz is the author of The Last Man Who Knew Everything: The Life and Times of Enrico Fermi, Father of the Nuclear Age. You can find him on Twitter at: @dschwa8059.


I have been living with Enrico Fermi for the past four years.

Well, I have been living with him metaphorically — as I have just completed a full-scale biography of Fermi. So, I've been spending a lot of time thinking about how he would view today's scientific landscape.

Fermi's contributions to physics were so broad ranging, his interests so wide, that he made a mark in

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