October is almost upon us, which means that the winners of the 2008 Nobel Prizes will be announced soon. Very soon– the first announcement (for Medicine) is next Monday. The most important announcement– the Nobel in Physics– is next Tuesday, October 7.
This is a good excuse for a contest, so:
Leave a comment on this post predicting the winner(s) of one of this year’s Nobel Prizes. Anyone who correctly picks both the field and the laureate will win a guest-post spot on this blog.
Ground rules and fine print:
– Comments must clearly state both the field and the name of the winner(s) being guessed, for example: “Physics: Jonathan Vos Post.” You don’t need to specify the specific achievement for which they will be honored, but it would be nice.
– In the event that a prize is split, one guest post will be awarded for each correct name. So, for example, if you guessed that the Physics prize would be split between ‘Uncle Al’ and ‘Archimedes Plutonium,’ and the two of them share it with Ted Holden, you get two guest posts.
– One entry per commenter per field. Each prize can be split at most three ways, so that’s a maximum of eighteen entries per commenter.
– In the event that multiple commenters choose the same winners, the guest post will go to the first person to mention each name, so comment quickly.
– “Guest post” here means that I will accept and post one essay by the winner on a topic of their choosing (within reason), in the manner of John Scalzi’s “Big Idea” series at the Whatever. I reserve the right to request edits or reject outright essays that I feel are offensive, in poor taste, or that would reflect poorly on this blog.
Entries will be accepted until 7pm Eastern time this coming Sunday, October 5. All judgment calls will be made by me, and all judgments are final.