Posted by: Paul A. Forsyth | October 12, 2013

Nobel Week

The Swedish Academy and the Norwegian Parliament announced winners of the Nobel Prizes this week. As for the science prizes, I only have two notes:

First, I was pleasantly surprised that I recognized the name of one of the Physics Prize recipients: Peter Higgs, he of the Higgs boson fame. (Usually I do not recognize the science recipients.) Since the Large Hadron Collider confirmed his theory, he did seem like a lock for the prize. According to Thoreau (who is a physics professor), “I believe that this was the first time in a long time that the Nobel Prize Committee included the words ‘Well, duh!’ in the prize announcement. Because, seriously, this one was as obvious as it gets.”

Second, one of the Chemistry Prize recipients — Michael Levitt — is a biochemistry professor at Stanford University School of Medicine. That connection jumped out at me because my sister (a pediatrician) recently began working at Stanford.

That is all.

Comic from 2008

Image credits: xkcd.com. Used under a CC BY-NC 2.5 license. Thanks!

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