9th December 2013
Gothenburg

Exploring the Future of Energy

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A selection of photos from #NWD13

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“Ich probiere”: Revisiting Abraham Flexner’s dream of the useful pursuit of useless knowledge.

The most succinct encapsulation of the value of curiosity to practical pursuits came from Michael Faraday; when asked by William Gladstone, Chancellor of the Exchequer, about the utility of electricity, Faraday is purported to have replied, “One day, sir, you may tax it”. Whether apocryphal or not, the remark accurately captures the far-reaching, often universal […]

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The future of nuclear power

There was an interesting panel debate about nuclear power in the afternoon session at the Nobel Week Dialogue in Gothenburg today. The panelists, including the Nobel Laureates Steven Chu and Carlo Rubbia, seemed to disagree what role nuclear power — both fission and fusion — should play in the future. Chu, former US energy secretary […]

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The benefits of basic research

Speaking at this morning’s session at the Nobel Week Dialogue in Gothenburg was former US energy secretary Steven Chu. Chu, who spent four years as energy secretary, pointed out the benefits of basic research and how it could have unexpected applications. His research, for which he shared the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1997, was […]

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Discussing energy

I am now in Sweden, ready for the day-long events for the Nobel Week Dialogue, which starts today at the Swedish Exhibition and Congress Centre in Gothenburg. Apparently, and if you believe Wikipedia, Gothenburg is not only famous for being home to Volvo, but is also where Crazy frog comes form — the 3D animated […]

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The Final Countdown

We’ve made it to Gothenburg! And I’m about to crawl into bed after a long day, BUT, I wanted to give the readers of the #NWD13 blog a flavour of what was going on at the venue in preparation for the big day tomorrow. I should say that our arrival was not entirely without drama. […]

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Om jag träffar Pachauri i kaffekön..

I samband med att arrangörerna till Nobel Week Dialogue satte ihop ett ”all-star team of bloggers” fick vi som alltså ska blogga under måndagens möte frågan om det var någon speciell person vi ville intervjua i förväg.     Det var förstås en rolig uppgift att klura på vem man helst skulle vilja prata med […]

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The future of nuclear power: Let a thousand flowers bloom

In the summer of 1956, a handful of men gathered in a former little red schoolhouse in San Diego. These men were among the most imaginative scientists and engineers of their generation. There was their leader, Frederic de Hoffmann who had worked on the Manhattan Project and was now the president of the company General […]

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Going online to get out of the air

The programme for this year’s Nobel Week Dialogue is certainly looking packed! In addition to the morning plenary sessions and the parallel discussion strands taking place in the afternoon, the lunch break includes opportunities for even more conversations.  Zooming out a little from the main focus on the future of energy is a panel on […]

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Special science communication formats

It sounds tempting. Two Nobel Laureates slip into the roles of Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg and represent them in Michael Frayn’s successful play “Copenhagen”. This was the idea of Nancy Kawalek, Professor in the Arts, Sciences and Technology at the University of Chicago and an actor by profession. And she realized it. Nancy got […]

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