Astrophysics: Capturing a Moon and Other Diversions

As Deputy Assistant Secretary for Scientific Programs in the U.S. Department of the Interior, S. (for Sieg fried) Fred Singer has his hands full.

Charged with responsibility for devel oping long-range policy positions, he must daily consider such weighty issues as the effects of using the oceans for disposal of wastes, the need for international agreements to halt despoiling of the environment, and the possibility of large-scale re-use of waste water. Despite such earthly responsibilities, Singer, who is a physicist by training, also finds time to promote ideas that are truly out of...

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