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Open Thread: Nobel Prizes 2007

This is just what it looks like: an open thread for you to discuss the 2007 Nobels. Say anything, or take one of these as a starting place.

  • A Good Year for Europe
    A commenter at Terra Sigillata said:

    This year’s Nobels (so far) have a distinctly European flavour.

    I don’t think any of the winners were born in the US, though two of the three Medicine winners are US citizens.

    Two born in Germany, two in Britain, one in France, one in Italy.

    A second commenter added:

    Am I the only person who thinks that the prizes are getting rather less ink/pixels than they would if an American won?

  • Applied Science?
    Some have observed that coverage of this year’s prizes stresses the commercial applications of the work. Bora at A Blog Around the Clock even titled his post about the physics prize “iPod wins the Nobel!.” He was being tongue-in-cheek, and one of his commenters added:

    I almost shredded the paper this morning when I had to read through 4/5th of the article to find out what the Nobel prize was actually awarded for. Ipod was mentioned several times in the first 4/5ths of the article.

  • Guess The Winner
    Finally, there’s still a little time left to speculate on who might take the Peace and Economics prizes, and why.


  1. #1 Jennifer L. Jacquet
    October 11, 2007

    Just thought I would start off the comment thread with some references to voices of dissent in this Economy of Prestige (a book I highly recommend).

  2. #2 Abel Pharmboy
    October 11, 2007

    I started writing a comment and it ended up being a whole post here.

  3. #3 Ced
    October 12, 2007

    I’m gonna start to cry… You poor Americans!! Seriously, why do the Nobel prizes have to be evenly distributed? It’s just randomness at work. Why do you have to infer something about American scientific advance?! Come on…

  4. #4 Fernande Diminno
    August 7, 2011

    When I initially commented I clicked the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and now every single time a comment is extra I get 4 emails with the identical comment. Is there any implies you probably can remove me from that service? Many thanks!