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Nature on Higgs

Did someone not answer their phone?   Ian Tracey is head of @CERN UK - he shared this photo of a panel being ignored because their audience was waiting for the Nobel announcement.  Which is delayed a bit longer.  

Best new hashtag is FakeNobelDelayReasons


Early speculation is it will be Peter Higgs.  Or a combination of Higgs and the experimentalists at CERN.  Or a lot of people will be left out.  Or no one will be happy. There is concern about giving due credit, and not diluting the prize.  Etc.#twittersummary

@upulie shares some other possible contenders.  

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  •  more science goodness (22+ / 0-)


    Ted Kennedy: “The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die…”

    by jlms qkw on Tue Oct 08, 2013 at 03:16:34 AM PDT

  •  brief notes (7+ / 0-)

    the choice seemed obvious.  Higgs could be the Einstein of our century.  i did see one tweet that it might be too obvious and the academy may feel contrary.  but i thought how could the academy blow this one?  

    there was speculation the prize would be diluted by recognizing all of the experimentalists.  the academy side-stepped this cleverly by recognizing a second theoretician.  very good, academy!  

    is Malala on tour this week in anticipation of anything?  

    Ted Kennedy: “The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die…”

    by jlms qkw on Tue Oct 08, 2013 at 03:56:30 AM PDT

  •  Nobel Prize... (1+ / 0-)
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    One of the people in my field who won the Nobel Prize some years back tells that they got the call in the middle of the night. His wife picked it up and the person on the other line said they were from the Nobel committee. She hung up on them. Her husband asks, "who was it?"

    "just some joker claiming to be from the Nobel committee."

    He suggested that next time they take the call.

    Englert...actually probably a distant relative of mine! Englerts and Kunkels (my original last name) both come from the same part of the Spessart Mountains in Germany and extensively intermarry. I have an Englert great-grandmother or maybe great-great grandmother. Not a name I generally come across.

    FREEDOM ISN'T FREE: That's why we pay taxes! Hey...I had a thought!

    by mole333 on Tue Oct 08, 2013 at 06:48:27 AM PDT

  •  So, if you don't answer the phone ... (1+ / 0-)
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    ... do they go to the next person on the list?

  •  In the words of Tom Stoppard (0+ / 0-)

    "Where's Higgs?!"
    -- The Real Inspector Hound

  •  science today runs on teamwork (0+ / 0-)

    From interdisciplinary studies to the sheer scale of "big science", science is no longer a solitary profession where one person is obviously the brain behind a significant advance.  In the old days they could draw a pretty solid line between "thinkers" and "workers" or whatever the accepted terminology is, and along with less issues about hierarchy and seniority in general, they could award the Nobel to one person with a clear conscience; not so much anymore.

    It would be hard to award the Nobel to a hundred people or more, but equally hard to award it simply to the first and/or most famous name among many on a paper, especially when the experiment is so big and complex.

    It really doesn't help when the people who do the math are not the same people who do the experiment that confirms the math.

    Domestic politics is the continuation of civil war by other means.

    by Visceral on Tue Oct 08, 2013 at 10:50:06 AM PDT

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