Sunday, October 7, 2012

Nobel

Next Tuesday, Nobel prize in Physics will be announced. The announcement will be broadcast from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm.

To my surprise, I have been reading several articles (see e.g. this one) forecasing this year Nobel prize to Peter Higgs and even tring to anticipate whom he will share the prize with. IMHO, it would be a huge mistake if Higgs eventually is awarded this year. Obviously, not that this prize wouldn't be well deserved and all, but it has been a few months since the CERN results were announced and several other measurements are in order to understand the nature of this new boson. Given the known policy of Nobel prizes (i.e. regardless the importance of possible theoretical breakthroughs, the latter must be supported by experiments*), such nomination this year would be definitely premature. Anyway, it wouldn't be the first time the Nobel committe suprises the community (see the recent case with Cabibbo)... so one never knows...let's wait one day more for the verdict.





* An example being Stephen Hawking's studies of black hole thermodynamics, which have been crucial in several areas, and eventually even for the very development of the AdS/CFT duality. Most likely, Hawking won't be ever awarded for those studies because, although pioneristic and instrumental in current theoretical physics, they cannot be directly observed (but the Nobel committee or some smart experimentalist can always prove me wrong).
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