Brian Cox é um físico teórico que trabalha no laboratório CERN, aquele que acelera partículas até 99,999999% da velocidade da luz para observar seu comportamento. Em entrevista para a revista Sci-Fi, quando perguntado sobre o estereótipo típico dos cientistas como sendo senhores de mais idade com cabelos espetados para cima e um comportamento meio maluco, respondeu:
Well, the thing is, not many of the ones who are actually at the cutting edge of research are [old]. It's always been a young persons game really - when it comes to making big advances. Even Einstein.
The great stuff that Einstein did was when he was in his twenties. By the time he was in his mid to late thirties, he'd pretty much stopped. All the stuff you know about, E=MC2 and all that, was when he was young. What usually happens is that you tend to start off and do the really great research, and really know what you're doing - because you've got time and your brain's working - and then you kinda move off into teaching or admin or whatever. So less and less older people are actually at the cutting edge
Brian completa 40 anos neste ano, 2008.
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