Regardless of political ideology, whoever wins the forthcoming U.S. presidential election will have had to win over a tiny fraction of the electorate—the swing voters—by persuading them of their vision for the country, whether it’s on economics, jobs, defense, health care, the environment, security, gun laws or simply a worldview that resonates more with the average American. The one thing I suspect won’t be at the forefront of these swing voters’ minds is any of the candidates’ grasp of quantum physics or Einstein’s theories of relativity. But maybe it should be.
Here is my pitch for getting a physicist into the White House.... We are living in a time of huge challenges, but also of wonderous opportunities and incredible technological advances, and we cannot entrust our lives and future to politicians who do not understand this. America could do a lot worse than elect a physicist as President.