Nobel winner thought prize call was 'student joke'

Oct 05, 2011 by Amy Coopes
American-Australian astronomer Brian Schmidt on October 4, 2011 shared the Nobel Physics Prize. When a Swedish voice came down the line informing him he had a "very important call" Tuesday night, Schmidt assumed it was an elaborate undergraduate joke.

When a Swedish voice came down the line informing him he had a "very important call" Tuesday night, Australia's newest Nobel laureate Brian Schmidt assumed it was an elaborate undergraduate joke.

"My first thought was 'Geez my students have done a pretty good job on this accent'," the Australian-American astronomer said Wednesday.

"She asked me to confirm that I was Brian Schmidt and told me I had a very important call, and then the members of the panel went out and read the citation to me and congratulated me."

"I feel like when my first child was born. I'm kind of weak in the knees and a little, you know, I guess a little -- hard to describe -- almost speechless at this point."

Schmidt, 44, was named joint winner of the in Stockholm on Tuesday for his work on the 1998 discovery that dark energy -- gravity's repulsive opposite -- was driving an ever-increasing .

Prime Minister Julia Gillard said the award was a testament to his "rigour and determination", congratulating Schmidt, US colleague Adam Riess and their competitor Saul Perlmutter, also from the US, on the joint .

"This discovery turned some of our most stable notions of the universe on its head and challenges our understanding of its very composition," said Gillard.

"They stuck with their observations and made the theory fit the facts, however revolutionary and inconvenient."

It was so groundbreaking Schmidt admitted having to overcome his own self-doubts about his findings, which went against the scientific orthodoxy of the time.

"It seemed too crazy to be right. We were a little scared," he told ABC Radio.

By his own admission Schmidt's research is "bleak" stuff: Earth's galactic hurtling away at unimaginable speeds to ultimately leave mankind's home in a cold, deserted Universe.

"Right now I look out into space and I see billions of galaxies. In the future I will look out and see an empty Universe," Schmidt told reporters Wednesday of his prizewinning work.

"All the we see now will be so far away that their light can no longer reach us... and our galaxy of stars will slowly fade away and die and we're left with a bunch of stellar embers and a dark universe."

It's a prospect some hundreds of billions of years in the future, but "that's not too long by astronomical standards", he added.

Schmidt was 27 when he moved to Australia in 1994, having obtained his PhD from Harvard, and said there were few other places in the world he could have done such world-class research at such a young age.

He formed the High-Z SN Search team, a group of 20 astronomers on five continents who used distant exploding stars, or supernovae, to trace the expansion of the universe back in time.

Schmidt said knowledge was a "funny thing" and while he was "pretty certain" his theory was correct "you're never absolutely certain".

It was also impossible to know where the discovery would lead, he added.

"I do not know whether the accelerated universe is going to give us a better toaster, but I do know that it will help us understand the universe, and what that eventually evolves into is to be determined," he said.

Australian Academy of Science president Suzanne Cory said it was the first time an Australian had won the Physics Nobel since 1915, declaring it an "absolutely wonderful day" for the nation's scientists.

A winemaker in his spare time, Schmidt said he was mostly looking forward to life going on as normal, starting with his weekly third-year cosmology lecture later Wednesday at the Australian National University.

He plans to put his share of the US$1.5 million prize money, to be awarded at a ceremony in Sweden in December, towards "some sort of public good" in consultation with his 20-person team.

"I like my life as it is, so I'm hoping that it doesn't change too much," he said.

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omatumr
1 / 5 (6) Oct 06, 2011
Nobel winner thought prize call was 'student joke'


Regretfully, many people think the Nobel Prize is a joke.

A prize for consensus "science" that is completely independent of experimental observations, e.g.,

a.) Big Bang Origin of the Universe
b.) CO2-Induced Global Warming of Earth
c.) Dark Energy-Induced Expansion of the Universe
d.) Bilderberg Model of the Sun as a Steady H-fusion Reactor

Aren't these all sick jokes?

Oliver K. Manuel
Former NASA Principal
Investigator for Apollo
jsdarkdestruction
1 / 5 (1) Oct 07, 2011
Oliver, do you not know of phase 2 of the plan? see kissinger and nixon knew about neutron repulsion and it being the main source of the suns and the universes power but chairman mao did not. as the world all followed their lead in the conspiracy they said it was to prevent nuclear war. however under the guise of that the united states had different reasons. as the climatoligists/scientists destroy our economy and power while funneling money to third world nations for supportung the scam the chinese will soon grow too strong and overpopulated for anyone but the us to even have a chance of stopping the chinese from taking over the world, at that moment neutron repulsion will be officially "discovered" and cheap easy neutron repulsion energy will be used both to power production of weapons and supplies and as weapons of mass destruction themselves in neutron repulsion bombs. saving the united states and allowing us to finally take over the whole world without looking like the bad guys...
omatumr
1 / 5 (4) Oct 07, 2011
Oliver, do you not know of Phase 2?


I am not as bright as you,
But I recognize Phase two:

a) Release the truth,
b) Scare the public,
c) Take total control

a.) One part of Phase 2 was published on PhysOrg.com yesterday

www.physorg.com/n...bit.html

b.) Other parts of Phase 2 are being published almost daily

http://www.physor...sun.html

http://www.wjla.c...044.html

http://www.physor...rds.html

http://www.physor...mma.html

http://anhonestcl...warming/

www.space.com/131...ing.html

Here's a hint of Phase 3
For comrades, all of thee:
Mundaka Upanishad 3.1.6; Qur'an 17.85

OM
jsdarkdestruction
5 / 5 (2) Oct 08, 2011
I am not as bright as you,

WOW. did everyone else just see that? he finally realized and then admitted that...

MarkyMark
5 / 5 (1) Oct 08, 2011
Him being a moron is widely known here. Personally he should be banned from here forever for being a conspiracy nutjob and a convicted fellon.
kaasinees
1 / 5 (1) Oct 08, 2011
Didnt Obama win a Nobel prize?
Ethelred
3 / 5 (2) Oct 08, 2011
Since Oliver has claimed he would answer questions
I will respond to questions, as time permits, but I do not have time to argue with those who will not read information published in peer-reviewed papers [1-6]
I have read them and he knows it. Clearly he has ample time considering the number of posts he makes has been increasing.

Where is evidence for Iron in the those solar flare images you like to use? They only have TRACES of iron.

Where is the evidence that neutrons repel each other in a way that is different from the Pauli Exclusion Principle?

Where is someone that supports your idea that the Sun is a pulsar? And how did that a pulsar form IF there is such a thing as neutron repulsion?

Since you are now claiming that neutron repulsion can blow galaxies apart how did they form in the first place since with neutron repulsion of that magnitude even stars WITH neutron stars in them could not form nor could they retain planets.

The papers do NOT cover these.

Ethelred