Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2013

Did you know that the Nobel Peace Prize was created by the inventor of dynamite who didn’t want to be remembered for causing destruction?
It sure worked!

Today, however, we’re talking about the Nobel Prize in chemistry!
Click here to check out this very official press release!

Martin Karplus, Michael Levitt and Arieh Warshel have been awarded with the Nobel Prize in chemistry for their work in creating powerful computer programs that can model real life.
Karplus, Levitt and Warshel’s work is ground-breaking because they managed to make Newton’s classical physics work side-by-side with quantum physics. Previously, chemists had to choose to use either or. You can say their work took the best of both worlds—classical and quantum physics—and is now helping us to move forward in the world of chemistry!

Simulations on computers are so realistic they can predict the outcome of traditional experiments.
Now scientists can use computers to model complex chemical processes like photosynthesis!
I think it’s great that the Nobel prizes motivate chemists, physicists, and all kinds of scientists and thinkers alike to continue to make great discoveries and do work fundamental for helping mankind progress in technology, thought, awareness of the world around us, and more.
Isn’t it cool how work combining classical and quantum physics is so valuable to chemistry that it warrants a Nobel prize? Everything is connected!

-Sarah

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