Nobel Winning Physicist Not So Hot On Brexit Logic


Will Brexit wreck British science? Or be its saviour? Opinions, of course, are mixed on this point. However, Sir Andre Geim, Nobel Laureate for the discovery of graphene (the levitating frog was fun too) seems to be a bit lacking in logic department here:

Sir Andre revealed that his close collaborator Professor Sir Konstantin Novoselov, with whom he shared the Nobel prize for physics in 2010, had left their base in Manchester, where they discovered graphene, after the 2016 referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU. “Konstantin has already left the UK to work in Singapore,” he said. “I think that tells you everything you need to know.”

Err, yes, suppose so. Very clever man – Nobel Laureate no less – proves that it’s not necessary to be inside the European Union to do good science by going outside the European Union to do good science.

That is, obviously, what you meant Sir Andre, isn’t it?

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