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The Nobel Prize in Physics 2004
David J. Gross, H. David Politzer, Frank Wilczek

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David J. Gross - Interview

David Gross Answers Questions on the NobelPrize YouTube Channel

The third in a series of Q&A sessions with Nobel Laureates on YouTube features David Gross, who received the Nobel Prize in Physics 2004 for discovering the workings of one of the four basic forces in nature, the strong force that holds atomic nuclei together. In the videos below he responds to a selection of questions posted on the NobelPrize YouTube channel, discussing among other topics how the universe evolved, what research at the LHC could reveal, which books shaped his interest in theoretical physics, and the particulars of string theory.

View all 24 questions and David Gross's answers!

Interview, September 2008

Interview with the 2004 Nobel Laureate in Physics, David J. Gross, in September 2008. The interviewer is Adam Smith, Editor-in-Chief of

David Gross explains why Israel was a good location for a budding scientist, why theoretical physics needed a revolutionary approach in the 1960's (7:46), why a beautiful and simple theory still "can't be solved on the back of an envelope" (18:09) and why ill-defined intuition needs to be trusted (26:45). He also clarifies why there is a pending crisis in scientific enquiry (34:26), why part of his job is going back to school (38:48), and why students need to learn to ask questions, not answer them (52:06).

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56 min.

Interview, December 2004

Interview with two of the 2004 Nobel Laureates in Physics, David J. Gross and Frank Wilczek, 9 December 2004. The interviewer is Joanna Rose, science writer.

The Laureates talk about their discovery and the experiments behind it, the importance of formulating the right questions (9.46), problems still to be solved (11:27), their thoughts about string theory (13:49), and about being awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics (23:03).

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20 min.

Nobel Minds 2004

Participating in the 2004 edition of Nobel Minds: the Nobel Laureates in Physics, David J. Gross and Frank Wilczek, the Nobel Laureates in Chemistry, Aaron Ciechanover, Avram Hershko and Irwin Rose, the Nobel Laureates in Physiology or Medicine, Richard Axel and Linda B. Buck and the Nobel Laureates in Economic Sciences, Finn E. Kydland and Edward C. Prescott. Program host is Nik Gowing.

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57 min.

Interview, October 2004

Telephone interview with Dr. David J. Gross after the announcement of the 2004 Nobel Prize in Physics, 5 October 2004. The interviewer is Joanna Rose, science writer.

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6 min.

Transcript of the Telephone Interview with David J. Gross


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