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8 Ways to Win the Nobel Prize in Physics

7 Oct 2013, 16:05 UTC
8 Ways to Win the Nobel Prize in Physics
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We consulted with winners and watchers of the Nobel Prize to prepare this helpful guide to nabbing your very own physics Nobel.

Albert Einstein during a lecture in Vienna in 1921, the year of his Nobel Prize. Image credit: Ferdinand Schmutzer, via Wikimedia
It's 5 a.m. and you're sitting by the phone, hoping for that "magic call" from Stockholm that bears the news you've waited so long for: You've won the Nobel Prize in Physics! Whom will you tell first? How will you celebrate? And what color Bugatti should you buy with your prize money?1 But while you're mentally debating the relative merits of Obsidian Black and Italian Red, you realize that the sun has come up and the phone still sits silent: You've been passed over once again. How can you turn things around in 2013? With the announcement of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics expected to come on Tuesday, October 8, we consulted with winners and watchers of the Nobel Prize to prepare this helpful guide to nabbing your very own physics Nobel.

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