The following post by John Rogers, senior energy analyst, Clean Energy at Union of Concerned Scientists has been cross posted from The Equation blog. The original post is available online here.
As the eulogistic outpourings of the last few days show, Leonard Nimoy’s death has touched many people in this country and beyond, including those of us with a science bent and a strong affinity for a certain Vulcan. His most famous character says a lot about how to move forward on some issues of monumental importance.
As the New York Times, President Obama, and others have eloquently pointed out, Mr. Nimoy’s many interests, talents, and accomplishments helped him reach a range of audiences far outside the field of science. Many of his late-stage tweets were about art, and friends, and other blessings; his second-to-last was one of his poems.
But his role as Mr. Spock, the rational, guarded First Officer/Science Officer on board Star Trek’s starship Enterprise, has meant for decades that he has held a special place in the minds and hearts of science-oriented types…