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On March 23, 1882, a girl named Emmy Noether was born in Erlangen, Bavaria. The daughter of a mathematician, she would turn out to be a mathematical genius and make one of the most important contributions to physics in the twentieth century.
Today's scientists as well as archaeologists reach farther and farther into the human past as well as further and further into the past of space, or future?, perhaps depending on which end of the telescope they are looking through.
I worry that a glass collection no longer confers instant status. That's why I have moved on. I now collect Higgs bosons.
It's time for some new predictions! Anything could happen in 2013. Who knows? Maybe the SETI project's radio telescopes will receive an alien transmission and pinpoint the source to that UFO hovering over Donald Trump's head.
This past year has been a momentous one for me. Two research groups found hints that something like me might exist. Two even larger research groups found conclusive evidence that something like me does exist. You people certainly are cautious.
For lack of a better explanation for the values of certain constants we end up conceding that something has to be a certain way, because it can't be otherwise if we are here to observe it.
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The Prize can be awarded only to three living recipients and, with five theorists potentially in the running, there's a lot at stake.
In two weeks, the eyes of the world's research community will be fixed firmly on Stockholm for the announcement of the Nobel Prizes. Thomson Reuters has released its annual list the likely contenders for a Nobel Prize.
I don't often get to say that I feel like Moses, but I did at one point in the past year. There was a discovery made this summer of epic proportions, one that is going to change, we are told, the face of physics and perhaps our entire understanding of the universe.
So far, the Higgs boson has been a disappointment. Of course, it was a major discovery that generated worldwide attention.
What is the origin of the term "boson," and why is it worth specifying that the Higgs is not just any old supersmall particle, but a member of the particular family of fundamental physical objects grouped together as bosons?
As a practical matter, we all must accept what experts tell us about fields we have not studied ourselves. It is very lazy, however, to say that all such instances are just acts of faith and therefore intellectually equivalent.
While the "why" part may elude us, perhaps forever, the Large Hadron Collider has over the last six weeks already supplied us with two important pieces of information about the "where" and the "how." Physicists tell us that this is just the beginning.
As I marveled at the precision of last month's experimental results of the Higgs boson, I reflected on my part in constructing that radical theory in 1964. The adventure had some wonderful, scary and even embarrassing moments.