Physicists Unite in Defense of Time-Pilfering Editor; Yale Press Book Looks at Barnyard Biodiversity

TIME BANDIT: Call it Schmidt's Law of Idealism: Physicists believe their institutions should rise above the corporate ethos that dominates industry.

That's how Jeff Schmidt, a former editor at Physics Today, explains the wave of protest from physicists angry that the magazine fired him after 19 years for stating in his recent book that he had written it on time stolen from work (The Chronicle, June 9, 2000).

More than 500 physicists signed a letter in January calling on the