Anyone who saw my last article will know that this week is Nobel Week. Where the years greatest scientific achievements are awarded for their contribution to their respective field.
Peter Higgs received the Physics prize alongside François Englert for his theory of the final particle of the standard model as we all know, well, turns out we knew before he did.
Not being a fan of the media, or anything related to modern technology; Higgs decided to schedule a holiday at the same time as the Nobel announcements. The Royal Swedish Academy were allegedly trying his phone for days, but only when he returned to his home in Edinburgh and was congratulated by a former neighbor was he aware of his prize.
Quite an apt story, considering this is the man who completed the standard model of physics over a weekend armed with nothing but pen and paper.
Nobel Week is drawing to a close this Monday with the announcement of the Prize for Economic Sciences. So far the announcements are as follows:
For Chemistry: Martin Karplus, Michael Levitt and Arieh Warshel "for the development of multiscale models for complex chemical systems".
For Literature: Alice Munro "master of the short story".
For the Peace Prize: the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) "for its extensive efforts to eliminate chemical weapons".
Image Credit goes to The Telegraph