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...And for the next few days, much will be written about their achievements.As interesting as the science behind these awards is what they reveal about the differences between these two academic communities.Since construction on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN began, we've known that it might decide the fate of a Nobel prize for Peter Higgs and one or more of his illustrious colleagues.Although a great deal of science has emerged and will continue to emerge from the LHC, for the media, it has always been about one thing the search for the flamboyantly named "god particle", also known as the "Higgs Boson".The idea of the Higgs Boson was not proposed recently.Indeed, the first to articulate the theory were Francois Englert and Robert Brout in an article in Physical Review Letters in 1964.A month or so later came Higgs ,with two papers offering a similar insight. ...Indian Express on Oct. 17, 2013, 4 a.m.
...Pages have been written on Bhagwati versus Sen and there is not much more to add.It is an awkward truth, though, that the core of the argument between these two economic giants is really not about something that has one right answer.Economic growth (or increasing the size of the pie), and redistribution (making sure everyone gets some of the pie), are both essential objectives of government.So is Bhagwati vs Sen really about some fundamental disagreement or do more prosaic concerns such as a heated political debate, newly released books and personal dislike explain most of what is going on?And if the latter, perhaps it would be better to pay less attention to what these great academics say in offhand interviews and op-eds and to pay more attention to what they write on at length. ...Indian Express on Aug. 3, 2013, 12:56 a.m.