Live Chat: Is the Nobel Prize Good for Science?

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Today's Topic

When Alfred Nobel signed his last will and testament in 1895, he created a legacy to honor “those who, during the preceding year, shall have conferred the greatest benefit on mankind.” More than 100 years later, the Nobel Prizes have also inspired another proud tradition: whining. Every year, the same complaints arise. The right people didn’t get the prizes. The categories don’t make sense. Awards should be given posthumously. Lost amid the bickering and bruised egos is a bigger question: Are the Nobel Prizes—and similar awards—good or bad for science?

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Scott Stern

Bruce A. Weinberg


Meghna Sachdev

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