Announcement of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Physics to Yoichiro Nambu, Makoto Kobayashi and Toshihide Maskawa, presented by Professor Gunnar Öquist, Secretary General of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, on 7 October 2008.
Professor Joseph Nordgren introduced, followed by a presentation on the prize-awarded work by Professor Lars Brink, and a telephone press conference with Nobel Laureate Makoto Kobayashi.
Following the announcement, Professor Per Carlson told senior editor Simon Frantz about the importance of broken symmetry in particle physics, and why broken symmetry helps us to understand how our Universe was created after the Big Bang.
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