Sunday, 30 September 2018

Nobel: Seconds Out!

It has been suggested that the Nobel prize (both highly prestigious and financially well rewarded) is somewhat out-dated in its approach to current Science (https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/sep/30/nobel-prize-fails-modern-science). Firstly, it only gives prizes for Chemistry, Physics and Physiology (generally ignoring the Behavioural Sciences, Environmental Studies and Mathematics) and, secondly, it fails (although many recent prizes have been shared) to recognize that much of science is currently accomplished by teams of workers rather than a lone genius. Some people are concerned about the secretive nature of both nominations and voting on the list by the Nobel committee (even suggesting that 'cronyism' may be involved in the process). The time does seem ripe to update the process to more overtly reward ground-breaking science.

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