Two class acts
In the comments to the previous post, Pyracantha points to a post at Electron Blue. It’s all interesting, but I thought this deserved wider propagation:
In gratitude for his Web curriculum efforts, I dared to write Dr. ‘t Hooft an e-mail explaining what I was doing and inviting him to look at my own Website. To my astonishment, he promptly sent me a reply! He commented positively on my site, and reminded me that his curriculum section was only at the beginning stages. Yes, this busy elite scientist took the time to send a reply back to a beginning student. This is a class act. I would call it nobelprize oblige.
This reminded me of a nice story I heard years ago: Stanford Nobelist Doug Osheroff excused himself from the party Stanford threw in his honour when his Nobel was announced, saying that he had to go and teach his class of first year engineers. That’s class.