Thursday, July 12, 2012

Philosophy Wire: Higgs Boson, Bose and why you must be an American to win a Nobel…

230px-AatyenBose1925Philosophy Wire by Spiros Kakos [2012-07-12]: The world is rejoicing with the “discovery” of the Higgs Boson. But although Higgs is thrilled and is giving one interview after the other, no one really cares to know where the second part of the “God’s particle” name comes from. Who the hell is Bose? Once more, western science has managed to force an ultra-important and super-capable scientist into oblivion just because he was not from the West. Bose’s contribution was widely recognized from Einstein himself (see Bose-Einstein statistics, Bose-Einstein condensate). However Bose was never awarded with a Nobel prize even though colleagues of him who worked closely with him in the same projects (e.g. Fermi)… Coincidence?

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