How Fair is the Nobel Prize for Scientists?

Top of Mind with Julie Rose - Radio Archive, Episode undefined

  • Oct 10, 2017 11:00 pm
  • 15:19 mins

Guest: Caroline Wagner, PhD, Professor and Endowed Chair of International Affairs, The Ohio State University The Nobel Prize is the most coveted prize in science. But it’s also a relic from another time, when scientists stayed in their own specialty lane and made discoveries in solitude. Today, international collaboration is the hallmark of big breakthroughs. Take the Nobel Prize in Physics awarded last week: hundreds of people from all around the world, and from a range of fields beyond physics, participated in the detection of gravitational waves, but only three American men received the award. In fact, the Nobel rules don’t allow the award to be split more than three ways. Has science outgrown the Nobel Prize?

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