Physics Nobel laureate Alain Aspect is “appalled” by the Didier Raoult case

published on Wednesday, October 05, 2022 at 11:15 am

Alain Aspect, who was rewarded for his work on the quantum world, regretted the questioning of science, while arguing for more funding in the face of “insufficient” effort.

Frenchman Alain Aspect, winner of the 2022 Nobel Prize in Physics, said he was “appalled” by these “great scientists” who “all of a sudden” fall into conspiracies and question science, in particular “the Professor of Marseille”, viz Didier, summoned Raoult.

Asked France Inter On the rise of conspiracy theories and the questioning of science, Alain Aspect replied: “I am horrified, horrified, and above all I am horrified when people who are great scientists, not to mention the professor from Marseille, who were great scientists, suddenly flock … I don’t understand psychologically what’s happening”.

“Science is not the enemy of current problems,” such as “global warming,” added the physicist, who was crowned on Tuesday with an American and an Austrian with the most prestigious science award.

“Science is the answer. Go into science with the aim of solving the problems that interest you,” he said to young people.

Alain Aspect also mentioned the budgets for scientific research in France, a constant world shortage of “funds”. “I don’t think we lack talent in France, I think we lack resources. This means a lack of resources in the laboratories, but also a lack of jobs for young people,” he guessed.

He also clarified his statements made the day before at the Nobel Foundation shortly after the award was announced, urging the international scientific community to remain united in the face of the rise of “nationalism” in the world. “I gave the journalist who called me from the Nobel Prize Committee this answer in English with a line that was unclear,” he said France Inter. “Thinking about what I had in mind” was talking about “shrinking democracies”.

“I belong to a generation that was fortunate to see the rise of democracy in Russia and China,” he said. “It was a pleasure being there to see our colleagues ‘breathe’. Today it’s not that bad and despite everything I hope that we’ll manage to keep in touch with our colleagues.” Frenchman Alain Aspect, American John Clauser and Austrian Anton Zeilinger received the 2022 Nobel Prize in Physics for their discoveries on “quantum entanglement”, a phenomenon in which two particles are perfectly correlated regardless of the distance between them.

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