Nobel Prize Talks






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Fascination with the wondrous world of science is something that Craig Mello, 2006 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine, enthusiastically likes to convey. In this conversation he talks about the wealth of fields and questions that are still waiting to be explored, how his daughter’s diabetes has helped him focus his research, and the sheer joy of kitesurfing.

Direct download: 10._Craig_Mello._Physiology_or_Medicine_2006.mp3
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Having predicted two financial bubbles, Robert Shiller has received much attention. In this conversation the 2013 Laureate in Economic Sciences talks about the need to prevent increasing economic inequality, and how he believes artificial intelligence will transform our lives completely in the future. Shiller also discusses how he teaches an online course to more than 100 000 students, and why the news media seems to love that word 'bubble'.

Direct download: 9._Robert_Shiller._Economic_Sciences_2013.mp3
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He calls himself a late bloomer. Lars Peter Hansen, 2013 Laureate in Economic Sciences, thinks there is too much pressure on young people to get into the ”right” elite schools, when opportunities can actually be found in many places. In this conversation he also talks about the importance of uncertainty and why he does some of his best thinking in the shower, or while skiing.

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Eugene Fama, 2013 Laureate in Economic Sciences, was the first in his family to go to college. The initial plan was to be a teacher in Romance languages and a sports coach. But then he went to a lecture in Economics and everything changed. Today he is considered to be the father of modern Finance. In this conversation he talks about the exceptionally creative climate at the University of Chicago, and why he finds it beneficial to work weekends.

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:19am EDT

Computers and programming are a good fit for Michael Levitt’s ”geeky” personality, as he himself describes it. In this conversation, the 2013 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry talks about the ever increasing computerization of the world, why you should support immigration if you want to support science, and how important it is to believe in yourself and be stubborn.

Direct download: 6._Michael_Levitt._Chemistry_2013.mp3
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"Are you serious?" Listen to Thomas Südhof’s first reaction when he hears that he has been awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. In this conversation he also talks about the importance of classical music for his scientific achievements, the role of collaboration, and why he thinks there are way too many rules in the education system.

Direct download: 5._Thomas_Sudhof._Physiology_or_Medicine_2013.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:37am EDT