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Nanoscience Nothing New,
Something That Moses Knew

Text/Photos: Tim Boxer

SRAELI Consul General Alon Pinkas had a confession to make at the Weizmann Institute of Science annual gala at the Waldorf: “I grew up three blocks from the university in Rehovot in the late ‘70s. I used to steal their oranges and grapefruit. They were very good. And I wasn’t the only one.”

For a liberal arts major, who flunked every chemistry and biology class ever given, CNN senior analyst Jeff Greenfield did a noble job in introducing 34 Nobel scientists at the dinner.

The parade of Nobel laureates reminded board chairman Stuart Eizenstat what John F. Kennedy said about a group of Nobel winners he hosted at the White House: “This house has not seen such an array of wisdom and knowledge since Thomas Jefferson dined here alone.”

Former chairman Gershon Kekst presented a scroll to Helen and Martin Kimmel for their gift of the Kimmel Center for Nanoscale Science.

Shimon Peres and Alon Pinkas

Shimon Peres, himself a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, said the new center’s study of nanotechnology – the science of using things measured in one-billionth of a meter – will revolutionize every aspect of our life.

“Nanotechnology is the opposite of the nuclear bomb,” Peres said. “We will have new medicine, with robots the size of a hair on your head probing your body. We will have cars with material thinner than paper so you won’t use so much energy and make pollution.”

Actually, Peres noted, nanotechnology is nothing new for the Jewish people. First to experiment in nanoscience was Moses – he extracted water from a rock.

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