Science: Scientists at Home

What is the typical U.S. scientist like? In the current Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Dr. Richard L. Meier, onetime executive secretary of the Federation of American Scientists, tries his hand at cataloguing his colleagues. Items:

¶Chemists come mainly from "the lower middle class ... are seldom rebels. [Their] politics are usually a non-violent conservatism." For recreation, they enjoy listening to music, are "inclined to the classics . . . want more melody and color and less counterpoint . . . Their tastes in home decoration are definitely middle-brow."

¶Physicists are "by nature politically radical." In music, they "show a strong preference...

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