Well, not really. That wouldn’t be legal.
But the Nobel Prize in Physics for 2006 is scheduled to be announced next Tuesday, and this clearly calls for some irresponsible speculation. Who do you think will win? How about a guess as to what field of physics will be honored this year?
If you think it’ll help, the last five prizes were:
- 2005: Quantum optics
- 2004: Asymptotic freedom
- 2003: Superconductivity theory
- 2002: Neutrino and X-ray astronomy
- 2001: Bose-Einstein Condensation in atomic vapors
I wouldn’t bet on anything from the AMO realm this year, as they’ve got two of the last five. Something astronomy-related might be a good bet, as it’s been a little while for them, but I’m not sure what would qualify. High energy theory would seem to be pretty much tapped out, too, but that still leaves the vast mass of condensed matter physics.
Your guess is as good as mine. So leave your guess in the comments. If you correctly predict the name of at least one of the winning physicists, I’ll post an article on a topic of your choosing (within reason– I reserve the right to refuse to write on offensive or inflammatory topics) on Uncertain Principles.