Physics of the iPod awarded Nobel Prize The Associated PressPublished: October 9, 2007
STOCKHOLM: Albert Fert of France and Peter Grünberg of Germany were awarded the 2007 Nobel Prize in Physics on Tuesday for a discovery that has shrunk the size of hard disks found in computers, iPods and other digital devices.
The duo discovered a totally new physical effect that has let the computer industry develop sensitive reading tools for information stored on computer hard drives from the tiniest laptops to portable music and video players. "The MP3 and iPod industry would not have existed without this discovery," Borje Johansson, a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, said. "You would not have an iPod without this effect." In its citation, the Nobel academy said the discovery could also be considered "one of the first real applications of the promising field of nanotechnology," the science dedicated to building materials from the molecular level. "Applications of this phenomenon have revolutionized techniques for retrieving data from hard disks," the prize citation said. "The discovery also plays a major role in various magnetic sensors as well as for the development of a new generation of electronics."
With all the hub-ub about Al Gore's peace prize lets not forget that there are other men of distinction and that perhaps that one has unnecessarily stollen the thunder of another.
So is Albert Fert of France and Peter Grünberg worthy of their prize?
Difficult to say as I don't know who else could be considered worthy for this year's prize.
Finding an effect which creates an entire industry seems to be good enough though, besides, I really like my 2gb USB-drive.
Yes, I concur. And who know what kind of technology will be invented in the next ten years, with the help of this scientific breakthrough, made possible by these two gentlemen. I can still remember the time we had floppydisks which couldn't house more then say 1 or 2 MB each. Now I can buy a USB stick with more then 10 GB. Also I didn't have a portable MP3-player, but a diskman. Just see how far we've gotten on that technological front alone in the last couple of years.
uhm, no they don't.
I mean, they do if there was only other shitty candidates that could get it, but if there were good ones, they don't deserve it.
Tommy MK1;4005286Yes, I concur. And who know what kind of technology will be invented in the next ten years, with the help of this scientific breakthrough, made possible by these two gentlemen. I can still remember the time we had floppydisks which couldn't house more then say 1 or 2 MB each. Now I can buy a USB stick with more then 10 GB. Also I didn't have a portable MP3-player, but a diskman. Just see how far we've gotten on that technological front alone in the last couple of years.
I agree I think we're standing at the cross roads of an information revolution. Memory is less than a dollar a gig in Hard drives and portables have chopped their prices in half. Can you imagine when they get really good at this. Terrabyte hardrives are already hear...
I remember when one Gig hardrives came out....I thought that was alot...but I have a 200 gig hard drive in the computer right now and it's nearing FULL...
It looks like our socity is starved for memory storage capacity, video, audio and coded...
Snipes With Artillery
22nd March 2005
I consider it worthy, this may noy be as big as switching off of vacuum tubes, but it is pretty close.
They discovered a process that revolutions the ability to store information. Its the modern equivalent of the first forms of writing, the printing press, audio recording, video recording, the vacuum tube, and so many other revolutionary forms of information technology.
Their contribution to science extends FAR beyond mp3 players. So yes, I would say they deserve it, or at least some significant award.
I'm not sure really, I don't know much about it excpt the nobel prize was made by the guy who invented dynomite
In many ways, I'd guess the current internet revolution has them to thank. Imagine servers running on a billion harddisks each.
Well, we have to face it: we live in a society dominated by the demand for simplicity, efficiency, and portability. Technology dominates the arts. Their contribution to technology is put to use in all the major forms of entertainment, personal and corporate uses. It's also useful to people of any type--as opposed to say, a book winning the Nobel Prize in Literature about slavery (hint, Toni Morrison: most Caucasians don't care).