On a recent Tuesday, UT Dallas student Iain Oswald ate dinner with the man who discovered quasicrystals. The next day, he listened in while a Nigerian playwright read a short story. In the course of a week, Oswald, a chemistry doctoral student, had the chance to meet 65 Nobel laureates in fields ranging from chemistry to literature and physics at the 65th annual Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Germany.
“It was really cool to just pick the laureates’ brains,” said Oswald, who was among the 650 students who attended the meeting. “You never have an opportunity to do that. It was almost to the point that there’s so many around, you’re desensitized to the fact that these people are very important to the scientific community.” (more…)