The winners of the 2011 Nobel Prizes were announced this week.  The awards will be given out at a ceremony in December.  Each of this week’s Sci Friday links concern the winners and the discoveries or achievements that earned them their prizes.

I’m particularly excited about this year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry not only because of Dan Shechtman’s impossible crystals but because of the struggle he went through to get his discovery accepted by the scientific community.  The one for physics is also pretty cool.

Update: The Nobel Prize for Economic Science went to Thomas J. Sargent and Christopher A. Sims for their research on how government policy affects the economy.

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