Bill Dembski invokes Stan Ulam as an antievolutionist. Pim van Meurs has a good response at Panda’s Thumb, noting a later publication from Ulam that diminishes or contradicts the attempt to turn him into an antievolutionist.
Well, given how the antievolution crowd really likes testimonial evidence and the “Were you there?” question, I thought I might relate my own experience. During my undergraduate college time, I worked as a staff photographer for the Independent Florida Alligator. This meant that I got assigned to get photographs of varius visiting celebrities and speakers at the University of Florida or Gainesville. I still have my negatives and some prints from the time. Despite having my newer USB flatbed scanner give out (which means I have a new entry on my wishlist), I still have an older HP OfficeJet that I can take a scan of prints with.
In the early 1980s, Stanislaw Ulam visited UF and gave a talk about his involvement in the Manhattan Project and later nuclear weapons production. Unlike some other speakers I covered, I had the opportunity to wander off after the talk with Ulam and his party. Here are a couple of my photographs from that day:
The McLean v. Arkansas case was current news, and I got to ask Ulam what he thought about the “scientific creationism” being promoted there. Ulam thought that the SciCre faction was peddling non-science and material that had no business in science classrooms. This has made me more than usually sensitive to misguided antievolution attempts to recruit Ulam’s authority as a prop for their socio-political program. I punctured pretentious antievolution misuse of the Wistar conference on “mathematical challenges” back in 1997.