On the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physics

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I’ve been so caught up with other things that I completely forgot to follow up on my last post about the Nobel Prize and the (presumed) Higgs discovery. But really, there’s not much to follow up on. The Higgs boson did not get the prize, which seems eminently fair because it’s not totally confirmed yet. Next year’s Nobel award will likely come at the perfect time for the Higgs results to get it. And this year’s recipients, Serge Haroche and David J. Wineland, have done some spectacular work on partial measurements of quantum states in quantum optical systems, paving the way toward construction of a quantum computer. (No, I don’t really know what they did. You should read about it, though. I will!)