At the beginning of this month, an Australian Professor by the name of Brian Schmidt was one of three scientists to receive a Nobel Prize for Physics. He was heading up a team of astronomers who were exploring the results of supernovae explosions and their discovery led directly to a Nobel Prize. Naturally, one of our news programs interviewed Mr Schmidt and he explained the research that his team had been doing and the exciting (and galaxy destroying – in however many billion years) discovery that had gained them such enormous recognition.
While the details of the actual research and discovery were very interesting (to some), it was the introduction of the interview that struck me the hardest, clearly identifying me as a forerunner for the next round of Nobel Prizes that will be awarded. When introducing the story, the presenter mentioned that the winners of the Prize initially believed that they had made a mistake in their observations…
So if I’m to understand this correctly, I am by my own
faulty logic a prime candidate for a Nobel Prize. I’m not going to be greedy and insist that I make a clean sweep of all six categories, however I am able to present a very clear case that outlines me as a valid choice when decision time rolls around. I’ve made some very interesting mistakes on behalf of humanity.
Peace: I joined the Army Reserve years ago but had to quit the day after they gave us an introduction to the Steyr Rifle. Even though I wasn’t going to be an infantryman, holding that tool built specifically to kill was just too much for my inner pacifist;
Chemistry: This is one that I’d have to share with Wolf Brother, who helped me discover that through
careful liberal application of Cinzano, a human being (namely myself) will transform into a friendly and overexcited velociraptor;
Physics: I saw Halley’s Comet once and thought it was an alien spaceship;
Medicine or Physiology: I don’t think we need to rehash the many sugar-highs that I have endured and yet have still managed to remain unaffected by diabetes. There’s got to be something in that;
Literature: Just have a look at a few of my previous posts! There’s gold in there I tell ya, literary gold! Also, if it helps – I mispronounced macabre once in high school when reading aloud to the class.
When it all boils down though, what I really took away from the interview with Nobel Prize winning Astronomer Brian Schmidt was that even when we come across something unexpected when we’re chasing our dreams or following our hearts, it’s never a bad thing. Make all the mistakes you can with as much energy as you can muster while you barrel on towards your ultimate happiness. You will be rewarded.
Which Nobel Prize would you love to win by mistake?