Caribbean Comfort


The world has been regaled with great tales of association between stellar physicists and tycoons (Kip Thorne with Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos; David Gross with Fred Kavli; Stephen Hawking with Bill Gates; etc.) But it seems that one tycoon was selectively left out from such awe-inspiring tales of mingling of power and intellect.

A recent report:

SCIENCE
JEFFREY EPSTEIN LIKED PALLING AROUND WITH SCIENTISTS — WHAT DO THEY THINK NOW?
Famous ex-friends

By Neel V. Patel Jul 13, 2019, 9:00am EDT

Jeffrey Epstein’s presence has loomed large over the scientific community for several decades. To some of the most high-profile scientists around the world, Epstein was a generous benefactor, a strong supporter of their research, and even a personal friend. He’s also a convicted sex offender, who was recently arrested and charged with allegedly sex trafficking young girls in New York. The Verge reached out to over a dozen different scientists and institutions who have been publicly linked to Epstein, with questions about their history with the multimillionaire and their reactions to his recent arrest. Some have themselves been accused of sexual harassment and assault. Only a handful chose to respond. Epstein’s lawyers also did not respond to a request for comment.

Now consider my graphic:

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UPDATE: Oops, forgot Jim Peebles of Princeton. Include him in both lists. He derided my teacher Hannes Alfven in strong language. Also include Alan Guth and Barry Barish in both lists.

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