News That Matters

Tag: Nobel

Einstein's waves win Nobel Prize in physics

Einstein's waves win Nobel Prize in physics

Science
The 2017 Nobel prize in physics has been awarded to three US scientists for the detection of gravitational waves.Rainer Weiss, Kip Thorne and Barry Barish will share the nine million kronor (£831,000) prize.The ripples were predicted by Albert Einstein and are a fundamental consequence of his General Theory of Relativity.The winners are members of the Ligo-Virgo observatories, which were responsible for the breakthrough.The winners join a prestigious list of 204 other Physics laureates recognised since 1901.Prof Weiss gets half of the prize money, while Barish and Thorne will share the other half.Gravitational waves describe the stretching and squeezing of space-time that occurs when massive objects accelerate.The warping of space resulting from the merger of two black holes was initially
First woman to win 'maths Nobel Prize' dies

First woman to win 'maths Nobel Prize' dies

Technology
Maryam Mirzakhani, the first woman to receive the Fields Medal, often described as the Nobel Prize for mathematics, has died aged 40.Professor Mirzakhani, who was also the first Iranian national to win the award, passed away after a four-year battle with breast cancer.She received the Fields Medal in 2014 for her "outstanding contributions to the dynamics and geometry of Riemann surfaces and their moduli spaces".At the time she was praised for the "stunning advances" she had made in some of the most complicated areas of the mathematics.[embedded content]Professor Mirzakhani was also congratulated by the president of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, who said the nation "can feel proud that the first woman who has ever won the Fields Medal is their fellow citizen."Born in 1977 in Tehran, Professor Mirz...