JULY 2014
Photon wavws
Photon waves. Image: CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

The Dual Nature of Light
What is light? For centuries scientists struggled to prove whether visible light behaves like a particle or a wave, until they concluded that it behaves like both. Light, as well as other forms of electromagnetic radiation, can move like waves and carry photons with different amounts of energy. Through the more than 100 years of the Nobel Prize, the Nobel Committees have celebrated many different discoveries and functions that helped to illuminate our understanding of light.
arrow Learn about how Nobel Prize discoveries helped to explain the wave and particle nature of light

Reflections on Light
Although famed for his theories of relativity, it was his law about light that gave Albert Einstein his Nobel Prize in Physics. 
arrow More about Albert Einstein's Nobel Prize
Albert Einstein
Albert Einstein

Life from Light
Find out how a protein structure helped explain arguably the most important chemical reaction on earth - photosynthesis - a discovery awarded the 1988 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
arrow More about the prize for photosynthesis

The Art of Photography
Learn how colour photographs and holograms led to two Nobel Prizes and enhanced our understanding of light.
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Set-up for hologram
Setup showing how a hologram is being made

Photo: Devilal, CC-BY-SA-3.0 via Wikimedia Commons
The Inner Light
Literature Laureate Harry Martinson depicted the Swedish natural environment in his poetry, but was also a world traveler and a stargazer.
arrow Read Harry Martinson's poem The inner light

Monthly Quiz
A Global Prize
The Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded to 110 authors from 45 countries. In which country were most Literature Laureates born?  Make a guess and click to submit your answer.
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