Friday, October 12, 2007

Those Prizes in Full

Nobel Prize
Nobel Prize Medal
Like most people I was somewhat taken aback by the latest Nobel prize announcement. So it's time to look at the complete list of winners (the Economics prize is not a real Nobel prize). I found this summary on the official prize website:

The 2007 Nobel Prize in Physics goes to Albert Fert and Peter Grünberg "for the discovery of giant magnetoresistance".
Looks complicated, and a quick google scan reveals that indeed it is.

The 2007 Nobel Prize in Chemistry goes to Gerhard Ertl "for his studies of chemical processes on solid surfaces".
Very worthy I'm sure, not exactly someone chasing headlines, just doing what he does well I suspect.

The 2007 Nobel Prize in Medicine goes to Mario R. Capecchi, Martin J. Evans and Oliver Smithies for their discoveries of "principles for introducing specific gene modifications in mice by the use of embryonic stem cells".
Valuable work in a very promising arena for human progress.

The 2007 Nobel Prize in Literature goes to Doris Lessing "that epicist of the female experience, who with scepticism, fire and visionary power has subjected a divided civilisation to scrutiny".
Don't know Lessing's work but she seems widely admired, and rejects most of the left-wing tags people try to attach to her.

The 2007 Nobel Peace Prize goes to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Albert Arnold (Al) Gore Jr.

They didn't include any citation for Gore et al.'s award, so I'll have to fill in:

...for services to mass hysteria and scientific dishonesty as proven in a court of law, and, in having an elephantine carbon footprint, to gross hypocrisy.

I'm tired and can't be bothered hyperlinking so many other better efforts at ridiculing this ridiculous award. Follow some of the blogroll links on the's worth your effort.

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