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April 29, 2010

With the launch of the Ask a Nobel Laureate initiative late last year, Nobelprize.org offered the global online community the unique chance to pose questions directly to recipients of the Nobel Prize. Four times a year, visitors are invited to submit their video questions to a Nobel Laureate, who then answers a selection of them, before the filmed questions and responses are posted together for all to see. The two selected Laureates so far, physicists John Mather and Albert Fert, have found themselves answering questions on everything from quantum computing to where they get their ties.

Each time we run one of these, video questions can be submitted during the submission period via Nobelprize.org's dedicated YouTube channel, or via the website for the Honeywell Nobel Initiative. We accept text questions too, although we encourage visitors to submit video questions if they can for a better interactive experience. Next up, in late May, will be 2004 Physics Laureate David Gross, so now is a good time to start thinking of your questions.

Below are links to past Ask a Nobel Laureate Q&As, together with links to preparatory material for the upcoming one. Go on, give it a try!

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Just posted on Nobelprize.org are Albert Fert's answers to questions posed by visitors from around the globe. Among the 30 or so topics covered, the 2007 Nobel Laureate in Physics gets to grips with spintronics, what it takes to be a scientist, and what he personally had to sacrifice to get where he is.
Take a look »

The first Ask a Nobel Laureate participant was John Mather, recipient of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physics, whose research investigates the origin of the universe. Here he attempts answers to 42 questions, some of which, such as "What caused the big bang?", he says he too would like to know the answer to. Is that number just a coincidence?
Enjoy Mather's Q&A »

The next Ask a Nobel Laureate interviewee will be the theoretical physicist David Gross who, together with David Politzer and Frank Wilczek, received the 2004 Nobel Prize in Physics for work on the strongest of nature's fundamental forces. Question submission opens in late May, so read-up on their discoveries in readiness.
View an illustrated presentation »

As further preparation for the next Ask a Nobel Laureate, get to know David Gross a little better in this interview recorded in 2008. He starts by extolling the beauty of figuring out nature's truths with your own mind.
Watch the interview »

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