The biggest problem on the planet

| April 17, 2014
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Sir Harold Kroto, co-winner of the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, gave a talk on Tuesday, April 15 on the topics of science, society, and education. InSolution, Northeastern University’s research blog, covers the talk:

A couple months ago the National Science Foundation released some surprising stats about what Americans do (and don’t) know. One in four of us, apparently, believes that the sun revolves around the Earth. That made me cry a little on the inside when I first read it. But in a lecture on science, society, and education on Tuesday, Nobel laureate Sir Harold Kroto said that’s not really the biggest problem. It’s the percentage of those other three who simply accept that the Earth revolves around the sun without demanding the evidence.

“Common sense tells me that the sun goes round the Earth,” said Kroto, whose two-day visit to Northeastern was hosted by the Center for High Rate Nanomanufacturing. If you look up at the sky, he said, you see the sun start at one point on the horizon and it drops to the other by the end of the day. Common sense says that means the sun is moving around us.

Read more at InSolution…