Understanding the theories behind the Nobel Prize for Physics
We talk with Dr Aswin Sekhar, Theoretical Astrophysicist and Elected Fellow, Royal Astronomical Society, London to understand these theories for which the scientists have been awarded.
The Nobel Prize for Physics wwas announced on October 8. The 9 million Swedish kronor (£740,000) prize was divided between three scientists for their respective contribution to the subject. Half of the award went to James Peebles from Canada, for his theoretical discoveries about the evolution of the universe. A few of the topics he worked on includes dark matter, dark energy, big bang and more.
2019 #NobelPrize laureate James Peebles took on the cosmos, with its billions of galaxies and galaxy clusters. His theoretical framework, developed over two decades, is the foundation of our modern understanding of the universe’s history, from the Big Bang to the present day. pic.twitter.com/fly4alndv9— The Nobel Prize (@NobelPrize) October 8, 2019
The other half of the award was given to Swiss astronomers Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz, for their work in finding the first "exoplanet" in 1995.
The discovery by 2019 #NobelPrize laureates Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz started a revolution in astronomy and over 4,000 exoplanets have since been found in the Milky Way. Strange new worlds are still being discovered, with an incredible wealth of sizes, forms and orbits. pic.twitter.com/nqhJcJGJTv— The Nobel Prize (@NobelPrize) October 8, 2019
In this podcast, we talk with Dr Aswin Sekhar, Theoretical Astrophysicist and Elected Fellow, at the Royal Astronomical Society in London, to understand these theories for which the scienitsts have been awarded. We also try to understand its significance on future space exploration missions.