Wondering why I haven’t spent time noodling over the possibilities for next week’s Nobel Prize announcements? My friend at Slate, Laura Helmuth, asked some of her friends to assess the competition. I definitely recommend reading the resulting article.
Bottom line in physics: It’s too early to give the nod to the Higgs boson crowd. But there are plenty of other contenders, some of whom are female (and it’s been 49 years since a woman won a Nobel in physics, hint hint). Personally, I’m rooting for the folks in optics and astronomy. But you already knew that, right?