A post at Adaptive Complexity wonders why all the "towering scientific geniuses seem to be a thing of the past." He excerpts from physicist Silvan Schweber's new book Einstein & Oppenheimer: "The fact is that the range of phenomena they had to deal with was much more extensive and the amount of reliable, accurate data they had to assimilate, comprehend, and explain was much greater than what Einstein had to confront with his gravitational

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