It’s that time of year again, when everybody pays attention to Sweden for a couple of months: the 2012 Nobel Prizes are about to be announced. Which means it’s time for the game everybody loves to tolerate: the Uncertain Principles Nobel Betting Pool:
Leave a comment to this post predicting at least one of the winners of one of this year’s Nobel Prizes. If one of your guesses turns out to be correct, you win the highly coveted right to choose the topic of a future blog post.
I’m adding an additional restriction to this year’s contest, though: You’re not allowed to pick anything related to the Higgs boson, because it’s too obvious a choice. This is supposed to be a test of skill, not a test of who can hit “Submit Comment” the fastest.
So, for example, you might post the following:
Literature: J.K. Rowling
Chemistry: Walter White
Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel: Daniel Davies
If White and Rowling win, you get to pick two topics* about which I will have to write at some point in the relatively near future. Alternatively, you could write two guest posts to be published here*.
Please limit yourself to a single comment, and one choice per prize category (you can suggest multiple names, but they should be people you think would share a prize, not two unrelated guesses: that is, “Physics: Peter Higgs and Tom Kibble” would be acceptable (were it not for the Higgs boson ban), but “Physics: either Peter Higgs or Vera Rubin” would not. In the event that more than one comment suggests the same person, the prize will go to whoever commented first, so read the prior comments before posting your guess. Guesses must be recorded by midnight Eastern US time the night before the relevant prize is announced (here’s the schedule again), as determined by the time stamp on the comment.
If you’d like to base your guesses on other people’s speculation, there’s the annual Thomson Reuters list (which includes one of my old professors, a mind-blowing image), or the Joint Quantum Institute poll about the Physics prize. I’m not sure either of those are worth much, but you never know…
So, the comments are open: start guessing!
(*- Obligatory disclaimers: post topics chosen by the winners must be something I can write about without getting myself in trouble. Guest post essays must be acceptable in tone and content. Decisions as to the suitability of a guest post or post topic will be made by me, with possible consultation with Kate. If I decide that a suggestion is unacceptable, I will ask for another topic or for whatever changes I feel are necessary to make it acceptable.)
(Void where prohibited. Past performance does not guarantee future results. Professional driver on closed course.)