June 9, 2000
'Physics Today' Fires Author of Book on 'Soul-Battering System' of the Workplace; U. of Hawaii Philosophers to Give Royalties to a Scholarship Fund for Graduate Students
DISCIPLINE THIS: Jeff Schmidt says his employers at Physics Today disliked his new book, Disciplined Minds: A Critical Look at Salaried Professionals and the Soul-Battering System That Shapes Their Lives (Rowman & Littlefield), so much that they decided to discipline him. In fact, they fired him.
Mr. Schmidt believes the trouble began after his boss, Stephen G. Benka, caught a co-worker reading an item about the book in Hot Type ("Steal This Book," May