Throughout this week, the Nobel Committee will be announcing the winners of the 2013 Nobel Prizes. Yesterday, James E. Rothman, Randy W. Schekman and Thomas C. Südhof were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Today, Peter Higgs and Francois Englert were named the winners of the prize in Physics, for predicting the existence of the Higgs boson. (Watch Brian Cox’s great explainer on what the particle is expected to do.) Tomorrow, we’ll find out the winner of the prize in Chemistry, followed by the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature Thursday. On Friday, the winner of the prestigious Peace Prize will be revealed. Finally, on Monday, Oct. 14, the announcements will conclude with the bestowing of the 2012 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences.
To get you into the spirit for these announcements, here are 12 TED Talks from Nobel Prize laureates.
- Leymah Gbowee, winner of the 2011 Prize in Peace, asks us to unlock the intelligence, passion and greatness of girls (2012)
- James Watson, winner of the 1962 Prize in Medicine, on how we discovered DNA (2005)
- George Smoot, winner of the 2006 Prize in Physics, shares the design of the universe (2008)
- Kary Mullis, winner of the 1993 Prize in Chemistry, celebrates the experiment (2002)
- Kary Mullis on the next-gen cure for killer infections (2009)
- Jody Williams, winner of the 1997 Peace Prize, gives a realistic vision for world peace (2011)
- Murray Gell-Mann, winner of the 1969 Prize in Physics, on the ancestor of language (2007)
- Murray Gell-Mann talks beauty and truth in physics (2007)
- Daniel Kahneman, winner of the 2002 Prize in Economics, brings the riddle of experience vs. memory (2011)
- Al Gore, winner of the 2007 in Prize in Peace, on averting the climate crisis (2006)
- Al Gore gives new thinking on the climate crisis (2008)
- And Al Gore warns on the latest climate trends (2009)
Note: This post originally ran in October of 2012. It has been updated for 2013.