Re: Nanotech has gone mainstream

Michael S. Lorrey (
Mon, 29 Mar 1999 14:37:15 -0500 wrote:

> Drexler's problem is that he did it backwards. He wrote the popular book
> first, and then when he got ignored/flamed by academia, he went back
> and got his PhD and then wrote the technical book.
> And the technical book is itself an affront to the academic tradition,
> aggressively interdisciplinary to the point that no specialist is able to
> understand it. It was like a slap in the face to his academic critics.
> He will continue to be a pariah unless he decides to play the game of
> academic politics.

Yes, pass as much credit around to others, don't hog up all the good ideas first, and break your work up into little digestible and easily buried chunks. Don't embarass the big egos by outsmarting them in their own fields. There's nothing worse that they hate than that which is NOT INVENTED HERE.

Unfortunately, the bean counters have been doing this to scientists with foresight ever since Newton published his Principia....Fortunately, nobody remembers much about the bean counters.

Mike Lorrey