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Featured 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics - Opinions and Expectations

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  1. Sep 18, 2017 #1

    ISamson

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    Hello,

    The Nobel Prize in Physics is upcoming soon and I wanted to hear your opinions and expectations about some important discoveries or inventions which might end up receiving this most major prize in science. I look forward to hearing your thoughts!
    Thanks.
     
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  3. Sep 18, 2017 #2

    George Jones

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    Kip Thorne and Rainer Weiss for gravitational waves.
     
  4. Oct 2, 2017 #3

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    The Nobel Prize in Physics 2017 will be announced tomorrow (Tuesday October 3) at 11.45 CEST at the earliest.

    The live announcement can be followed at https://www.nobelprize.org/ where you can already see the announcement of the prize in medicine or physiology and will be able to see the other prizes announced in the upcoming days.

    This year's clear frontrunner is the detection of gravitational waves in September 2015 (announced in the beginning of 2016). Note that this is the discovery of 2015, the recent joint observation of a merger by LIGO and Virgo came far too late to be considered for this year's prize, although it lends additional weight to the detection.

    If selected, the detection of gravitational waves will likely be awarded for the detection technique and not for the underlying theory (Einstein is long dead).

    We have not had this kind of clear cut favourite since, well ... 2013.

    Edit: See post #4 for the result and motivation. The link above will still let you see the announcement and contains more information about the Nobel Prize. See post #7 for the link to the press release.
     
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  5. Oct 2, 2017 #4

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    I told you, Stockholm was the place to be!
     
  6. Oct 3, 2017 #5

    ISamson

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    Hello all!

    After long expectations and hard work, the 2017 Nobel Prize for Physics will be soon announced!

    It is possible to watch it live on:



    https://www.nobelprize.org/
    Can't wait to see what it will be awarded for!
     
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  7. Oct 3, 2017 #6

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  9. Oct 3, 2017 #8

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    When it comes to actual laureates, a not so far-fetched bet would be a joint award (1/3 each) to Rainer Weiss, Kip Thorne, and Barry Barish. If so, they will have a busy schedule in December. It was announced last week that they will receive the Fudan-Zongzhi Science Award, which has its award ceremony on December 17. Just one week after the Nobel ceremony on December 10.
     
  10. Oct 3, 2017 #9

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    Finally!

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  11. Oct 3, 2017 #10

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    The Nobel Prize in Physics 2017 has been awarded to Rainer Weiss (1/2), Barry Barish (1/4), and Kip Thorne (1/4)
    Edit: I did not get the order of presentation of the laureates correctly in my pre-composed post ... :rolleyes:
     
  12. Oct 3, 2017 #11

    ISamson

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    You were right!
     
  13. Oct 3, 2017 #12

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    LIGO folks it is.
     
  14. Oct 3, 2017 #13

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    I got the distribution of the prize money wrong ...
     
  15. Oct 3, 2017 #14

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    Prof. Olga Botner quoting Star Wars in the technical announcement (@ 28:23 in the announcement video). Kudos.

    Here is the link to the press release. It comes accompanied by a popular scientific and a scientific description.
     
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  16. Oct 3, 2017 #15

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    I would also like to underline the fact that the Prize was awarded for both the contributions to the detector technology as well as the actual observation itself.
     
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  21. Oct 3, 2017 #20

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    https://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/physics/laureates/2017/press.html
     
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    Very exciting! Looks like there was very little doubt who would win. I'm sure there are many other deserving physicists. Who would be your top 3 runner ups?
     

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  23. Oct 3, 2017 #22

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    In a 1992 physics conference in Banff (in celebration of Werner Israel's 60th birthday), I saw Kip Thorne give an interesting talk on the detection of gravitational waves. He said that there was a race between theory and experiment, as theory could calculate gravitational radiation from the in-spiral of two black holes, and from the "ring-down" after merger, but theory at the time could not calculate in detail the gravitational radiation from the actual merger. Very exciting stuff for a grad student. Theory got there in 2005.

    I was at the Calgary airport when John Wheeler got off his flight, and I saw Thorne warmly greet the elderly Wheeler, Thorne's Ph.D. advisor. Very touching.
     
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  24. Oct 3, 2017 #23

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    Albert Einstein was the one to predict these gravitational waves.
    Einstein right again!
     
  25. Oct 3, 2017 #24

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    The prize cannot be shared between more than three people. In theory it can be given to organizations (like the LIGO collaboration), although that has never been done with the science Nobel Prizes.
     
  26. Oct 3, 2017 #25

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    Which means that one of the current recipients would likely not have gotten the prize had Drever still been alive. This fact demonstrates the shortcomings of arbitrarily limiting the award to three individuals when in many cases there are clearly more than three individuals who deserve recognition. Furthermore, given that the Nobel prizes form a major way in which the general public engages with science, the focus of the Nobel prize on individuals can distort the public's perception about how science is actually done.
     
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