Top Eleven: Early Returns

A preliminary report on the standings in the Greatest Physics Experiment voting:


  • Michelson-Morley: 13
  • Faraday: 7 (including one vote in the Farady post)
  • Roemer: 5
  • Aspect: 4.5 (one indecisive person voted for both Cavendish and Aspect)
  • Galileo: 3
  • Rutherford: 3
  • Cavendish: 1.5
  • Hertz: 1 (in the comments to the Hertz post)

Newton, Hubble, and Mössbauer are currently getting shut out.

Voting will remain open for another couple of days, so if you’re a backer of somebody other than Michelson and Morley, you’ve still got time for a late charge: round up some friends, and get out the vote.

Comments

  1. #1 afarensis
    February 19, 2006

    I’ll put in a sympathy vote for Hubble…

  2. #2 Courtney Hodges
    February 19, 2006

    I would be inclined to offer a write-in vote for Francis Crick & Rosalind Franklin, two physicists who made a small contribution to understanding the basis of inheritance in biological systems.

    Unlike astrophysics, poor biophysics is rarely recognized as being True Physics. :(

  3. #3 blah
    February 20, 2006

    I’ll have to vote for Faraday. I wish I had thought of this before, but I’d be interested to know if Ph.D.s in physics voted differently than non-Ph.D.s. I would expect that folks in different fields of physics vote differently, also.

  4. #4 Chad Orzel
    February 20, 2006

    I’ll have to vote for Faraday. I wish I had thought of this before, but I’d be interested to know if Ph.D.s in physics voted differently than non-Ph.D.s. I would expect that folks in different fields of physics vote differently, also.

    There probably are differences there, but even if I’d asked, I don’t think I’m going to get enough responses to have any statistical significance…

  5. #5 Josh Nahum
    February 24, 2006

    I vote Faraday, he united electricity and magnetism setting up the stage toward a TOE (Theory of Everything).