Photo from Focus, e-mag of the TechnionYes! We have a winner!
A Nobel Prize in Chemistry to Prof. Daniel Shechtman of the Technion--Israel Institute of Technology!
For the discovery of non-repeating patterns in quasicrystals:
Please watch this short video of him telling about the moment of his discovery and what happened afterwards.
It is so human!
I think Shechtman deserves a prize just for tenaciously holding fast to his belief in his work even when at first, American colleagues shunned and even banned him.
Mazal tov, Danny!
BTW, that makes at least ten Nobel laureates for Israel in the short history of our state.
UPDATE: The IsRealli blog now quotes Shechtman as saying, at a news conference today:
“The main lesson that I have learned over time is that a good scientist is a humble and listening scientist and not one that is sure 100 percent in what he read in the textbooks.”
See also the illustrations there of the connection between the crystal structure and arabesque.