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How to Win a Nobel Prize in Physics: From Einstein to Thorne, Weiss, and Barish

The Nobel Prize in Physics for 2017 was awarded to Kip Thorne, Rainer Weiss, and Barry Barish for detecting a disturbance in the universe so faint that it moved their 4-km-long long detectors by one thousandth of an atom, or by 10–13 meters. While this was predicted by Einstein’s general theory of relativity in 1915, it took more than a hundred years of technological developments to reach this accuracy. Even a couple of years ago, it was thought that the technological precision was impossible to achieve. This article traces the history of this impossible achievement.

Yash Pal, a Path-breaker

Those who knew the groundbreaking scientist and eminent educationalist, Yash Pal will sorely miss him. He was loved not only for the work and ideas he could generate, but for the ideas and creativity he induced in others around him.
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