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When is a coffee mug a donut? Topology explains it

A topologist is a person who cannot tell the difference between a coffee mug and a donut—so goes a joke about a little-known scientific field crowned Tuesday with a Nobel Physics Prize.
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Academics / Physics : Physorg: Physics

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The 2016 Physics Nobel Prize goes to…!

Academics / Physics : Asymptotia

Wow! Topology in the mainstream news. I never thought I'd see the day. Congratulations to the winners! Citation: The Nobel Prize in Physics 2016 was divided, one half awarded to David J. Thouless, the other half jointly to F. Duncan...

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News : Slate: The Slatest

A collection of 70 Nobel laureates offered a group endorsement for Hillary Clinton Tuesday with a signed letter in support of her candidacy. The supporters represented largely scientific fields including chemistry, physics, and medi...

Nobel Prize in Physics honors 3 for 'discoveries of topological phase transitions and topological phases of matter'

Academics : LA Times: Science

David Thouless, Duncan Haldane and Michael Kosterlitz have been awarded this year's Nobel Prize in physics. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences on Tuesday cited their "theoretical discoveries of topological phase transitions and t...


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