How the Scientific Revolution Stalled and How to Start it Again – Big Think
According to Caltech professor emeritus and microelectronics pioneer Carver Mead, the scientific revolution that got under way at the start of the 20th century has been stymied by big egos. This was his message before an international crowd of scientists gathered this week in San Francisco. To illustrate the point, Mead told the story of how Charles Townes, the inventor of the laser and maser, took his ideas to the leading quantum-mechanics theorists at the time, Neils Bohr and Werner Heisenberg. Though Townes was eventually proven right, Bohr and Heisenberg initially doubted his theories.