In the NY Times today there was an interesting piece discussing the absence of scientists in the public eye. “When asked to name a scientist, Americans are stumped. In one recent survey, the top choice
, at 47 percent, was Einstein, who has been dead since 1955, and the next, at 23 percent, was “I don’t know.” In another survey, only 4 percent of respondents could name a living scientist.” The article goes on to discuss how several groups are out to change this.
How many scientists can you name? Take the test on the NY Times’ website (full disclosure: I did not know one of them)