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Luis Alvarez said, “There is no democracy in [science]. We can’t say that some second-guy has as much right to an opinion as Fermi.” Fermi was a world-famous scientist who received the 1938 Nobel Prize in physics. What do you think Alvarez meant by this statement? Do you agree?

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Chapter 2, Problem 50E
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Luis Alvarez said, “There is no democracy in [science]. We can’t say that some second-guy has as much right to an opinion as Fermi.” Fermi was a world-famous scientist who received the 1938 Nobel Prize in physics. What do you think Alvarez meant by this statement? Do you agree?

Interpretation Introduction

Interpretation:

The meaning of Luis Alvarez’s statement is to be explained.

Concept Introduction:

Luis Alvarez was a renowned scientist who received the Nobel Prize for his studies on radioactive particles. He quoted the statement “There is no democracy is science. We cannot say that some second guy has as much right to an opinion as Fermi.”

Democracy is a system in which all people have equal rights and can exercise them freely.

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The reason for this statement is probably that it is difficult to counteract an already prevailing belief in the scientific community. Not everybody has the right to challenge it...

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