The day the Nobel Prize in Chemistry is announced is chemistry's day in the mainstream spotlight. For chemists there's genuine emotion and excitement behind the announcement. People stay up late (or get up early) to watch it.
Follow the reaction to the prize on the web with this Storify timeline.
- The Twitterverse is, well, a-twitter with excitement.
- Who says scientists don't have a sense of humor? Not sure whether this is humor, ego, or some combination of the two.
The anticipation is global.
So much for predictions. This year's winner wasn't on the major lists. And more than a few chemists, including Martyn Poliakoff of Periodic Table of Videos fame, admitted they weren't familiar with the work.
- Not everyone missed the quasicrystal boat. C&E News covered Shechtman's work back in 1999.
And researchers who'd worked in the quasicrystal area rejoiced at the announcement.