Fiat lux! (Nobel Prize in Physics 2014)
Yuri Galperin, professor emeritus in the AMKS/Complex matter group at the UiO, will give a popular presentation of basic concepts behind the Nobel Prize in Physics 2014, given "for the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources”.
“The Nobel prizes were instituted as a means to reward individuals or organizations who, as Alfred Nobel's will had it, `have conferred the greatest benefit on mankind.’ Often in the field of physics, the benefit is a measure of understanding of the very small or the very distant: a light shone into the vast darkness of our ignorance about how the universe is composed, and how it works. This year, by contrast, the physics prize has been awarded for an actual light. But it is a light that has already conferred great benefit on mankind, and promises yet more.” (The Economist, 2014)