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Dr. Yakir Aharonov featured in USA Today science column

November 22, 2010
Professor Yakir Aharonov

Is nature fickle?

No, says National Medal of Science recipient Yakir Aharonov, Ph.D., professor of theoretical physics at Chapman University, in an interview with USA Today science writer Dan Vergano.

“Einstein complained nature is being capricious,” Dr. Aharonov said in an interview published online. “But nature is not being capricious. Nature is trying to tell us something, I think, about the way we think about the future.”

Dr. Aharonov was interviewed for Vergano’s “Science Snapshot” column during his trip last week to Washington, D.C., where he was awarded the National Medal of Science by President Obama in a White House ceremony. The story, titled “Future holds key to quantum physics,” offers an expert look at Dr. Aharonov’s research and its implications for “the next revolution in electronics.”

The National Medal of Science is the nation’s highest award for scientists. The official citation accompanying Dr. Aharonov’s medal states that he was honored “for his contributions to the foundations of quantum physics and for drawing out unexpected implications of that field, ranging from the Aharonov-Bohm Effect to the theory of weak measurement.”

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