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|Quote (OgreMkV @ Oct. 05 2011,16:03)|
|Quote (Louis @ Oct. 05 2011,09:58)|
|Since it is Nobel week and today is the Chemistry Prize, I thought I'd offer you the story of the 2011 prize winner. It's a good one.|
Here is one reference, here is the Nobel committee's scientific explanation, and here is the prize announcement.
Dan Shechtman made a discovery that people generally thought was impossible back in the 1980s. He was expelled* from his lab, was publicly ridiculed, was regularly taken apart in the literature by no lesser an authority on crystallography than Linus Pauling.
But he was right.
Go and read about quasicrystals. It's not my field but it's an interesting story about mathematics, Penrose tiling, chemistry and solid state physics and Moorish art.
* OH NOES TEH DARWIZMUS! Wait....Darwin was not a crystallographer....OH NOES TEH BRAGGIZMUS! For any creationists reading, this is how you do it. You go out, work hard, and GET THE FUCKING DATA. I cannot emphasise that last bit enough. Stop whining and lying and do some work, pissants.
Can I put this as a guest post on my blog?
NO! THAT IS VERBOTEN!
Oh all right. ;-)
However, I don't see why you need to make it a guest post, I would hardly aspire to those lofty heights. It's all public information and a (relatively) well known story.