PhD Comics Tour of US campuses; 2005 Nobel Prize for Physics

October 5, 2005 at 10:30 am Leave a comment

Alerted by an entry on felumpfus’ blog. Jorge Cham of PhD comics fame is coming down to visit! Go here to see if he’s coming to your school.

Guess now it’s time to buy his books (for his autographs!!!)

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The announcement of the 2005 Nobel Physics Prize reminds me of Alexander Pope‘s epitaph for Isaac Newton:

“Nature and nature’s laws lay hid in night;
God said ‘Let Newton be’ and all was light.”

And I am surprised to read about John Collings Squire’s later couplet:

“It did not last: the devil, shouting ‘Ho.
Let Einstein be’ restored the status quo.”

So this year’s prize is about “results..fundamental for our modern understanding of the behavior of light,” – Sune Svanberg, chairman of the Nobel Committee for Physics.

I wonder if this has anything to do with the Centenary of Einstein’s Annus Mirabilis 1905 papers, one of which is on the quantum theory of light…

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