Jens 'n' Frens
Idle thoughts of a relatively libertarian Republican in Cambridge, MA, and whomever he invites. Mostly political.

"A strong conviction that something must be done is the parent of many bad measures."
  -- Daniel Webster

Tuesday, October 05, 2010 :::

One of the two new physics Nobel laureates is only two years older than I am.

I was a little bit surprised that I have some understanding of what he and his co-author did. I usually expect the medicine prize to be for something kind of understandable - I can't make a test tube baby, and I'll bet you can't, either, but we understand the general idea - but graphene is not too obscure. Perhaps it has some features I'm not aware of; as I understand what it means to enable in vitro fertilization, I understand what it means to have produced graphene for the first time. But I understood why Dr. Test Tube Baby would merit recognition; I hadn't realize graphene was all that interesting. Perhaps my brother can fill me (us?) in.

The first prize went to a scholar at Cambridge and the next to two at Manchester; I don't know what the odds are that England will sweep the hard sciences, but Derek Lowe is hosting speculation on the chemistry prize to be announced tomorrow morning.

::: posted by Steven at 8:34 PM

Comments: Post a Comment

Comment Policy

Dollars and Jens
Steven's web-site

Kitchen Cabinet
Colby Cosh
The Volokh Conspiracy
The Corner
The Bleat from James Lileks
Tim Blair
Daily Ablution
Mickey Kaus
Dave Barry
How Appealing
Virginia Postrel
Reason's "Hit and Run"
Captain's Quarters
Roger L. Simon
Power Line
IWF's InkWell
Blogs for Bush
Chetly Zarko
Signifying Nothing
Cosmo Macero
Hub Blog
Ex Parte from Harvard Law's Federalists
Harvard CR blog
Priorities & Frivolities
Daley News
Emil Levitin
Politica Obscura
Wave Maker
Town Watch
Worcester County Repubs

Election '08
Don't Vote
Dave Barry
John McCain

Other Sites of Note
Townhall columnists Cambridge Republican City Committee
Cambridge Chronicle
Robert Winters
Boston Herald
Boston Globe
Boston Metro
Channel 5
Commonwealth Mag
Fox News
Massachusetts Republican Assembly
Robert Benchley Society

U.S. Constitution
9/11 commission report [7 Meg PDF]
Iraq Survey Group report
Fahrenheight 9/11 deceits


Idle thoughts of a relatively libertarian Republican in Cambridge, MA, and whomever he invites. Mostly political.

Powered by Blogger