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Defense nominee Ashton Carter known for eclectic interests
Defense nominee Ashton Carter known for eclectic interests

Even as a young man, Ashton Carter had eclectic interests, earning degrees in physics and medieval history at Yale, and a doctorate in theoretical physics from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. "There was no relationship between them in my mind except that both fascinated me," Carter wrote in 2007 about his intellectual pursuits. "I liked dusty archives, learning to decipher manuscripts in medieval script, and learning all the languages necessary to read the primary and secondary historical literature, especially Latin. Physics was entirely different: clean and modern, logical and mathematical." On Friday, President Obama nominated the 60-year-old...

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