More to the point, does the list strike anybody else as very heavy on science populizers and do-goody project promoters? I liked it better when it was hard core scientists, like Jon Kleinberg, or that kid who decoded the Maya glyph-thingies. I know it's yer typical left-liberal foundation, but it seems like they should have a few honest to god geniuses who discovered something the rest of us can't even understand. The astrophysicist of gender, for example. Is she really a genius, or just a workwomanlike astrophysicist who happens to be female?
OK I hereby approve of the astronomer. Thank you instapundit visitor. In fact, I think I might even have had dinner with her or some of her colleagues at least, since the junior UCLA astronomers were kind enough to let me tag along to some dinners and ask stupid questions about black holes, when I was visiting UCLA law school a number of years ago. I eventually got kicked out for not being an astronomer by a senior astronomer, but it was fun while it lasted. I watched the NOVA about this lady's work and it did seem extremely cool. She seems to have figured out how to show exactly where and what the black hole at the center of the Milky Way is about by tracking the orbital motions of the stars at the center of the galaxy.