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Nobel Prizes 2012

  1. Oct 8, 2012 #1
    Nobel Prizes have started again this year. Physics on the 9th, Chemistry on the 10th, Peace Prize on the 12th and some others on different days.

    http://www.nobelprize.org/
     
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  3. Oct 8, 2012 #2

    Ryan_m_b

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    I thought Yamanaka would get a nobel prize one day, although I expected it to be after iPSCs had been developed into therapeutic products rather than at this early stage.
     
  4. Oct 8, 2012 #3
    Is there a live stream? I think this might be fun to watch, if I can a few people over.
     
  5. Oct 9, 2012 #4
    Just announced at the live stream, the nobel prize in physics 2012 is shared by

    Serge Haroche and Dave Wineland for
    "for ground-breaking experimental methods that enable measuring and manipulation of individual quantum systems"
     
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  6. Oct 9, 2012 #5

    Drakkith

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    What's that mean exactly?
     
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  8. Oct 9, 2012 #7

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  9. Oct 9, 2012 #8

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    As I said to my former thesis advisor in an email earlier today, it's a great day for AMO physics.
     
  10. Oct 9, 2012 #9
    Will the result of that work change anything in the theory of Quantum Mechanics? Isn't it somehow related to the Heisenberg's principle?
     
  11. Oct 9, 2012 #10

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    I thought it was an amazing discovery in its own right, irrespective of the therapeutic applications.
     
  12. Oct 9, 2012 #11

    Ryan_m_b

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    I agree it's an amazing discovery but that pales in comparison to the potential therapeutic applications.
     
  13. Oct 10, 2012 #12
    It's a unusually general statement, and I interpreted it as they got the price at least partially as a lifetime achievement thing, since they have contributed to the control of quantum particles in a series of many experiments over decades.
     
  14. Oct 10, 2012 #13

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    Ah, I see. From the link in ZapperZ's post it seems they have done some pretty interesting things.
     
  15. Oct 10, 2012 #14
    And as for more particular statements, the Chemistry Prize has now also been announced:

    The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2012 was awarded jointly to Robert J. Lefkowitz and Brian K. Kobilka "for studies of G-protein-coupled receptors"

    Overview of their work Here
     
  16. Oct 11, 2012 #15
    Wow, the nobel committee folks sure love atom trapping experiments.

    Can one of the local experts please explain how these contributions are that different from those of Chu/Cohen-Tanudji etc?
     
  17. Oct 12, 2012 #16

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    Congrats to all European PFers on your Nobel Peace Prize!
     
  18. Oct 12, 2012 #17

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    I'd like to know what the European PFers' view of this year's Peace Prize.

    My view: another wasted opportunity by the Nobel committee. Look at some of their recent choices: Al Gore (won't go into why I think this is laughable). Barack Obama (he had just got into office - hadn't even figured out where the bathrooms are, for crying out loud! He did make a good speech though :biggrin:). The UN (for doing their job from the comfy confines of New York city?).

    Don't get me wrong - I'm very happy Europeans have resisted raping, pillaging, and killing each other for 67 years. Really I am! But there are a lot of people and organizations doing good work all over the world - in difficult situations, risking their lives to promote peace.

    Just one woman's opinion here.
     
  19. Oct 12, 2012 #18

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    It is certainly true that it's difficult to understand how an organization that has been around for less than 20 years has kept the peace for 60.
     
  20. Oct 12, 2012 #19
    I believe the peace prize to EU as well Obama was a very meticulous political move. It appears the Nobel committee intends to influence the decisions of others and the way to do is by giving others peace prizes. During Obama time, I felt they wanted Obama to clear up the US-ME mess and now they want EU not to get dissolved over current financial crisis.
     
  21. Oct 12, 2012 #20

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    Not to argue about who should have won the prize, but the UN does have offices in not so comfy places too, eg. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-13253896.

    I hope they award it to Romney next :tongue2:
     
  22. Oct 12, 2012 #21

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  23. Oct 13, 2012 #22
    And one man's opinion too! Couldn't agree more, I don't know what the Norwegian committee is doing these days. It seems like every other year there is a meltdown in the committee and the prize is just randomly tossed out to someone that they feel like showing their political support for. Nowadays the Sacharov prize (ironically awarded by the EU) is something I respect more. My bet is that the peace prize next year goes to Madonna!
     
  24. Oct 13, 2012 #23
    Both Bosnia and Serbia are candidate members of the EU, when they enter, that 67 years would reduce to something like 15 years.
     
  25. Oct 14, 2012 #24

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    The Nobel Peace Prize has lost any shred of decency if it had any: give someone a prize for doing absolutely nothing (President), then give some shoddy organization a prize when the whole experiment is in chaos (EU), and riots in multiple countries are happening in large part due to this ridiculous experiment of financial theatre.

    Have you seen what's going on lately? Have you seen the chaos that's happening right now as we speak? Have you seen the breakdown that's happening again as we speak?

    What a joke.
     
  26. Oct 14, 2012 #25

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    Actually the EU has a history stretching back to just after the second world war with the European Coal and Steel Community which was intended to minimise future risk of war by encouraging interconnected economies in Europe. This later merged with another organisation to form the European Economic Community which later formed the European Union.

    Even with recent economic problems I think the EU is a fantastic institution. However I have little respect for the Nobel Peace prize, it's credibility disappeared for me when it started giving the prize to people who had yet to do anything in a vain attempt to encourage them to do so in future.
     
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