TS Picks: October 5, 2015

Nobel Prizes edition

Oct 5, 2015
Tracy Vence

FLICKR, THOMAS FISHER LIBRARY

Selections from The Scientist’s Nobel Week reading list:
 

  • “The rule that no more than three people can share a Nobel has made for some good controversies in science, especially in fields that require a lot of collaboration.” — Vox explainer detailing the many controversies in the history of the prestigious prize (October 2)
     
  • Awards like the Nobel Prize honor “the scientists who are usually in the least need of recognition and funding, which squeezes out opportunities for other scientists,” Vinay Prasad of the Oregon Health & Science University in Portland argued in an October 2 New York Times opinion piece. (Hat tip: GenomeWeb’s The Scan)
     
  • Smithsonian today (October 5) highlighted many scientists who may have deserved Nobel Prizes but did not get them. “My task is to deconstruct this prize a bit, look at the mechanisms of scientific recognition,” historian Nils Hansson of the University of Cologne, Germany, an expert on the prestigious prize and its secretive selection process, told Smithsonian. “It’s impossible to talk about the history of medicine without talking about the Nobel Prize.”