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Renowned author talks about science in politics

November 15, 2013

From left, “Physics for Future Presidents” author Richard Muller signs a copy of his book for Troy Johnson as Brooke Bivens waits her turn. (Photo by Steven Nalley, SDN)

There was a good reason why Richard Muller waited until Thursday to visit Mississippi State University instead of coming on Sept. 17 as originally planned.

Muller is the author of “Physics for Future Presidents,” chosen as this year’s Maroon Edition for all of MSU’s incoming freshmen to read over the summer. Muller said he was in China trying to help the country transition from coal to natural gas as a primary source of electrical power — a transition he said could save lives from pollutant particles connected to the deaths of 1.2 million people per year in China. Air quality index readings of 250 micrograms per cubic meter of these particles are considered hazardous, he said, and on Oct. 21, readings reached 1,000 micrograms in Harbin, China.

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