What happens to gifted children when they grow up?
Well, some become gifted researchers at America's best institutions. For the past few years, Popular Science has been choosing a "Brilliant 10" list of scientists whose work will change our perception of the world in the near future. Read about them here:
(from the September issue)
Among the more fun ones: Maryam Mirzakhani, a 28-year-old mathematician at Princeton, is working on calculating the volumes of moduli spaces of curves. Nathan Wolfe, 35, of Johns Hopkins, does field work in Cameroon to study how viruses emerge.
While there's plenty to fret about concerning the declining number of engineering and science PhDs being awarded to Americans, it is good to see US-based researchers still producing plenty of quality work. - Laura