The blind physicist

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I was proud that the Council of Science Editors (CSE) asked me to host a panel to discuss a rather specialized subject, namely the techniques for typesetting mathematical content, at the upcoming conference in Philadelphia. I was happy to accept the request and you can see details of my panel near the top of this page. All three other panellists are distinguished and I am really looking forward to partaking. But I am especially proud that my friend, Prof. John Gardner accepted my invitation to join us.

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John is professor Professor Emeritus of Physics at Oregon State University. He underwent a routine surgery some 25 years ago which unfortunately went wrong and he lost his sight. But he was determined to continue his research and teaching in Physics and in the process he ended up founding ViewPlus, which is now a multi-million dollar company manufacturing hardware for the blind.

The reason I wanted John to take part was to underline the importance of making all publications, even mathematical ones, fully accessible, and to show that accessibility is good for everyone, not just for the blind and the disabled. I am looking forward to seeing him again and hopefully a lot of participants at this important publishing event.

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2 comments on “The blind physicist

  1. I’d be very interested to know how accessible he thinks ReadCube is…

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