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Ashutosh Jogalekar

Pigeon waste, cosmic melodies and noise in scientific communication

There it was, that darned noise again. Nobody could possibly be happy cleaning pigeon droppings. Yet Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson were being forced to do it. As good scientists they simply could not avoid it, since they had to discount the role of this "white dielectric substance" in the noise that was plaguing their […]

Alexander Bastidas Fry

An exceptional time in astrophysics

The confluence of great minds at Lindau is also a meeting of contrasting perspectives. Each scientist has his own specialty in which he is likely the world expert, but each scientist also tries to generalize his work to solve the biggest problems in the world. It seems to be true that scientific research is highly […]

Alexander Bastidas Fry

50 years of lasers

This year is the 50th anniversary of the first successful laser built by Theodore Maiman. The laser is a beautiful example of fundamental physics leading to profound effects on our daily lives. The laser will be discussed on the first day of the conference by Nicolaas Bloembergen, who himself received the the 1981 Nobel Prize for […]

Beatrice Lugger

Riccardo Giacconi, Nobel Laureate in Physics 2002, Interview 2008

Riccardo Giacconi chats in the interview during the 58th Nobel Laureates Meeting at Lindau about how his thoughts about X-rays sitting at the foot of the Matterhorn a long time ago. He reportes on the successes of the Hubble Telescope and the Very Large Telescope and more.

Beatrice Lugger

Erwin Neher, Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine 1991, Interview 2008

00:40 “Challenges” 03:54 Ideas 05:25 Solutions und Limitations 06:48 Unexpected Findings or Recognition by Chance 08:52 Open Questions: The Gigaseal 10:32 Current Work: Synaptic Plasticity In Coproduction with Sponsored by Mars.

Beatrice Lugger

Brian D. Josephson, Nobel Laureate in Physics 1973, Interview 2008

The theoretical physicist Brian D. Josephson votes for staying open minded in doing research. In the interview during the 58th Nobel Laureates Meeting at Lindau he says it is good to follow special target, but one should also be prepared to discover something quite different.

Beatrice Lugger

Theodor Hänsch, Nobel Laureate in Physics 2005, Interview 2008

00:24 The Nobel Prize in Physics 2005, 02:26 The Frequency Comb, 05:45 On Theory & Precision Experiments, 07:08 Stanford, 10:13 On Nobel Laureates, 10:55 Mentorship, in Coproduction with, sponsored by Mars

Beatrice Lugger

Roy Glauber, Nobel Laureate in Physics 2005, Interview 2008

00:25 Quantum Optics and the Nobel Prize in Physics 2005, 02:12 Bizarre Applications of Strange Phenomena, 04:00 The Los Alamos Project & Building the Bomb, 07:24 The Los Alamos Project & Robert Oppenheimer, 08:59 Styles of Feynman and Schwinger, 11:35 Becoming a Single Father, with, Sponsored by Mars

Beatrice Lugger

Jack Steinberger, Nobel Laureate in Physics 1988, Interview 2008

Fermi was the Greater Hero, 00:23 The Nobel Prize in Physics 1988, 01:01 Implications, 01:44 Mentors – Enrice Fermi and Robert Oppenheimer, 05:26 The Climate – A Global Challenge, 08:14 Alternative Energy Sources, 10:04 Possible Solutions sponsored by Mars

Beatrice Lugger

Peter Gruenberg, Nobel Laureate in Physics 2007, Interview 2008

Spintronics carry a high potential for findings in the near future which might change our everyday lifes, thinks Peter Gruenberg. In the interview during the 58th Nobel Laureates Meeting at Lindau he raves about the potential realization of spin-current – a sort of flowing magnetism.