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Russian investor's $3 million prize for physics

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Aug. 3, 2012, 3:07 p.m. |

Russian billionaire investor Yuri Milner deposited $3 million in the bank accounts of each of the nine theoretical physicists he judged to be doing the most brilliant work in their field.
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NEW YORK - Do you think cutting-edge scientists should earn as much as star athletes, celebrity artists or Wall Street bankers? The Russian billionaire investor Yuri Milner does, and this week he put his money where his heart is.

Milner deposited $3 million in the bank accounts of each of the nine theoretical physicists he judged to be doing the most brilliant work in their field. They are the first recipients of the Fundamental Physics Prize, a new honor created by Milner. It is the most lucrative academic award in the world, and will henceforth be given to one winner each year.

Milner, who studied physics for a decade before making his fortune in prescient Internet investments, said he decided to create such a rich prize because he thinks the compensation of top scientists is out of whack in 21st-century society.

"I wanted this amount to be meaningful," Milner said by telephone from Moscow. "I think top scientists need to be compensated at a different scale in society. Somebody with experience will tell you that true scientists are not motivated by money - they are motivated by the quest itself. That is true. But I think an additional recognition will not hurt."

The sums certainly made an impact on their recipients.

"I was really stunned. It didn't seem real," said Alan Guth, a professor of physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. "It is hard to believe when someone calls you and says you've won a $3 million prize."

Guth first learned of the award two weeks ago. The money was wired to his bank account a week later. Guth said he suspected the organizers understood that physicists might be suspicious of a cold call from an unknown man with a Russian accent asking for their bank account details so he could transfer $3 million. So another winner, Nima Arkani-Hamed, called Guth and let him know what was coming. Milner phoned the next day.

Arkani-Hamed was just as astonished when he first heard about the prize. "Of course, I was flabbergasted, both by the incredible generosity of the prize as well as by being included in a list with so many heroes of the field," he wrote in an email.

The prize springs from Milner's intense passion for physics and his belief that it is one of the pursuits that defines and ennobles us as human beings.

"Science is one of a handful of things that defines us as a very special species," Milner said. "It is amazing how far we have been able to get and how accurate our predictions are. I think understanding how the universe was born is very important. It really gives us a perspective on many things."

That's why his award focuses on theoreticians, including those whose work has not been verified by experiments, and on ideas which may have no practical use - at least not one we can think of yet.

"It is hard to think of practical applications of the black hole," Milner said. "Because practical applications are so remote, many people assume we should not be interested. But this quest to understand the world is what defines us as human beings."

Future winners will be chosen by previous recipients, but the inaugural group was selected by Milner himself. He is modest about his own scientific talents. Physics, he said "was not for me. Looking at where I am today, I think I was not qualified enough. You truly have to be very, very smart and very, very hard-working."

But Guth said he was "very impressed" by Milner's list: "It did surprise me he did as well as he did."

A major goal of the awards is to raise public awareness of physics, partly through the popular lecture each winner will be invited to deliver.

"This is an encouragement for them to do a public talk and explain what physics is about," Milner said. "The problem is that modern fundamental physics is so far from you and me.

"The mathematics has become so much more complicated that you need at least 10 years to understand it," he said. "Fundamental physics has advanced so far from the understanding of most people that there is really a big disconnect."

That is a problem, he believes, and not only because it deprives so many of us of an understanding of one of the most beautiful and consequential human undertakings.

Big future discoveries in physics will require massive, global public investment, and we will be prepared to support that only if we understand what our scientists are up to. The winners, Milner said, were enthusiastic about this part of the project.

These are grand ambitions. But the question Guth has been asked most often this past week is what he will do with his prize. He sighed gently when I put that query to him yet again.

"My wife and I talked about it a little but then decided we're too dazed," he said. "When we get over the shock, we'll decide what to do."

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Satish Chandra Aug. 3, 2012, 4:45 p.m.    

In a press release on May 27, 2012 I said : "An operative of CIA-RAW, which works for American rule over India and is responsible for all insurgencies and separatism in India -- see 'What You Should Know About RAW' ( WhatYouShouldKnowAboutRAWDOTblogspotDOTcom ) -- is posting repeated comments on Times of India on how an Indian boy from Bengal who cracked centuries-old Math problems is Tamil because the scientific community in India is predominantly Tamil. Nobel Prizes, even in science, are awarded by Westerners to serve their imperialist interests. It is well known that Tagore got the Nobel Prize because he wrote 'Jana Gana Mana' as a hymn to the visiting British emperor. An Indian from Uttar Pradesh would easily merit half a dozen Nobel Prizes but an Economics Nobel was given to a mediocre man, Amartya Sen, as a substitute for the former to keep the Westerners' crimes against the former covered up; see 'How India's Economy Can Grow 30% Per Year Or More': HowIndiasEconomyCanGrowDOTblogspotDOTcom . Tamils are given Nobel Prizes because they are seen as less resisting of Westerners' rule/domination of the subcontinent; the British got into the subcontinent primarily through Bengal and Madras. Jews get a lot of Nobel prizes because of their ferocious crimes; see 'This Is What The Jews Have Been Doing': ThisIsWhatTheJewsHaveBeenDoingDOTblogspotDOTcom . On knowing this, Rajiv Gandhi when prime minister proposed that India have its own 'Nobel' prizes, but RAW nixed it."

In response to what I said above, the Jews, through a Jewish billionaire in Russia, have awarded a prize of three million dollars each to nine physicists including an Indian, Ashoke Sen, who, like Amartya Sen, is mediocre, to retain their control of which Indian scientists they will 'recognize' -- the mediocre ones -- and which they will destroy -- the best. The Jews' assault on the world's greatest scientist in a Harvard University seminar, which I described in a letter to Indira Gandhi as prime minister as "the equivalent of an annihilatory nuclear first strike on India", exceeds a million times a million of such three million dollar prizes they may award to Indians. The punishment will be commensurate with the crime. Satish Chandra

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Satish Chandra Aug. 4, 2012, 1:48 p.m.    

In a press release on May 27, 2012 I said : "An operative of CIA-RAW, which works for American rule over India and is responsible for all insurgencies and separatism in India -- see 'What You Should Know About RAW' ( WhatYouShouldKnowAboutRAWDOTblogspotDOTcom ) -- is posting repeated comments on Times of India on how an Indian boy from Bengal who cracked centuries-old Math problems is Tamil because the scientific community in India is predominantly Tamil. Nobel Prizes, even in science, are awarded by Westerners to serve their imperialist interests. It is well known that Tagore got the Nobel Prize because he wrote 'Jana Gana Mana' as a hymn to the visiting British emperor. An Indian from Uttar Pradesh would easily merit half a dozen Nobel Prizes but an Economics Nobel was given to a mediocre man, Amartya Sen, as a substitute for the former to keep the Westerners' crimes against the former covered up; see 'How India's Economy Can Grow 30% Per Year Or More': HowIndiasEconomyCanGrowDOTblogspotDOTcom . Tamils are given Nobel Prizes because they are seen as less resisting of Westerners' rule/domination of the subcontinent; the British got into the subcontinent primarily through Bengal and Madras. Jews get a lot of Nobel prizes because of their ferocious crimes; see 'This Is What The Jews Have Been Doing': ThisIsWhatTheJewsHaveBeenDoingDOTblogspotDOTcom . On knowing this, Rajiv Gandhi when prime minister proposed that India have its own 'Nobel' prizes, but RAW nixed it."

In response to what I said above, the Jews, through a Jewish billionaire in Russia, have awarded a prize of three million dollars each to nine physicists including an Indian, Ashoke Sen, who, like Amartya Sen, is mediocre, to retain their control of which Indian scientists they will 'recognize' -- the mediocre ones -- and which they will destroy -- the best. The Jews' assault on the world's greatest scientist in a Harvard University seminar, which I described in a letter to Indira Gandhi as prime minister as "the equivalent of an annihilatory nuclear first strike on India", exceeds a million times a million of such three million dollar prizes they may award to Indians. The punishment will be commensurate with the crime.

One paragraph of a letter of mine in Delhi’s ‘Patriot’ newspaper in 1993-94 about the movie 'Schindler's List' (about the Jewish 'holocaust' during World War II') being shown in India was close to the following:-
'Instances of man's inhumanity to man are a penny a pound, a dime a dozen. It is the rule rather than the exception. If you have the skill and resources, you can use them to devise propaganda to control the emotions and behavior of others to your own advantage. This is what this film is. As if India's long-suffering billion were not at enough of a disadvantage already, allowing them to be bathed in propaganda devised by India's enemies will be a horrible mistake.' In this letter I pointed out 'Half a million gypsies, said to have migrated from India, were killed by the Nazis. Have any films been shown about that?'

Another paragraph of my letter in Patriot said:-
‘Science and other intellectual products, being the products of behaviour, reflect the characteristics of the behaver and the toxic, deeply deficient, demoniacal nature of jewish intellectual products, whether in physics, such as Einstein’s, or social science, such as Freud’s, is abundantly clear though the jewish stranglehold over the media and the education system -- even in India because the media and education system in India now are an appendage of the West’s -- prevents any discussion of it.’

Another paragraph said : ‘The first effect of oppression is economic deprivation. But the jews have always been economically better off than the rest of the population. This was so in the Middle Ages, it is so today. This was so in the Soviet Union, this is so in the United States. Remember Shakespeare’s character, Shylock the jew? How could a member of an oppressed minority be in a position to demand a pound of flesh? The jews have always been the oppressors rather than the oppressed. The so-called pogroms against the jews were the occasional backlash.’ My experience at Harvard University and elsewhere has shown that the jews exercise their oppression with the worst kind of violence.

Another paragraph quoted an aide of U.S. president Nixon who had said “The Bible says there are the Satanic jews and that’s where all our problems come from” and I wrote ‘Nixon also referred to the total jewish control over the media. Truer words were never spoken by an American. In a letter to Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in July, 1982, I referred to an act, by American jews, that was the equivalent of ‘an annihilatory nuclear first strike on India’. If there is nuclear war between India and the U.S. -- which is more than likely and which, given proper direction, India will win though India’s official analysts wouldn’t have a clue how, it will be because of the jews. The facts of observation are in accord with the traditional Christian theological view that the jews, by deepest nature, never cease to be the enemies of mankind.’

For more, see my blog 'Nuclear Supremacy For India Over U.S'. :
NuclearSupremacyForIndiaOverUSDOTblogspotDOTcom .

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Satish Chandra Aug. 4, 2012, 8:53 p.m.    

In a press release on May 27, 2012 I said : "An operative of CIA-RAW, which works for American rule over India and is responsible for all insurgencies and separatism in India -- see 'What You Should Know About RAW' ( WhatYouShouldKnowAboutRAWDOTblogspotDOTcom ) -- is posting repeated comments on Times of India on how an Indian boy from Bengal who cracked centuries-old Math problems is Tamil because the scientific community in India is predominantly Tamil. Nobel Prizes, even in science, are awarded by Westerners to serve their imperialist interests. It is well known that Tagore got the Nobel Prize because he wrote 'Jana Gana Mana' as a hymn to the visiting British emperor. An Indian from Uttar Pradesh would easily merit half a dozen Nobel Prizes but an Economics Nobel was given to a mediocre man, Amartya Sen, as a substitute for the former to keep the Westerners' crimes against the former covered up; see 'How India's Economy Can Grow 30% Per Year Or More': HowIndiasEconomyCanGrowDOTblogspotDOTcom . Tamils are given Nobel Prizes because they are seen as less resisting of Westerners' rule/domination of the subcontinent; the British got into the subcontinent primarily through Bengal and Madras. Jews get a lot of Nobel prizes because of their ferocious crimes; see 'This Is What The Jews Have Been Doing': ThisIsWhatTheJewsHaveBeenDoingDOTblogspotDOTcom . On knowing this, Rajiv Gandhi when prime minister proposed that India have its own 'Nobel' prizes, but RAW nixed it."

In response to what I said above, the Jews, through a Jewish billionaire in Russia, have awarded a prize of three million dollars each to nine physicists including an Indian, Ashoke Sen, who, like Amartya Sen, is mediocre, to retain their control of which Indian scientists they will 'recognize' -- the mediocre ones -- and which they will destroy -- the best. The same is the case for 'recognition' from the Americans, the British and other white countries. The Jews' assault on the world's greatest scientist in a Harvard University seminar, which I described in a letter to Indira Gandhi as prime minister as "the equivalent of an annihilatory nuclear first strike on India", exceeds a million times a million of such three million dollar prizes they may award to Indians. The punishment will be commensurate with the crime. Satish Chandra

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