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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

    ZapperZ

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    2016 Award

  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:
     
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