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    Re: The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics - Press Release

    Quote Originally Posted by RDS View Post
    I bet they had Thomas Edison in mind when they won the prize.


    The Nobel Prize for Physics is for a guy who improved upon a 20 year old technology ?????

    Wow ! Its a simple pn-junction diode encased in epoxy with varying width band gaps.

    And Edison and Nobel Prize shouldn't be mentioned in the same sentence.

    If it were up to Eddison we would still be living we would still be using 1930s technology

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    Re: The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics - Press Release

    Quote Originally Posted by longview View Post
    I think what is missing is the prize is for a practical led light bulb.
    It may not seem like much, but could be a world changer.
    We take electric lights for granted, but many parts of the world still do not have electric lighting.
    Incandescent lights are very inefficient for solar panels, but led lights greatly expand the amount
    of 'daylight" you can move into the night hours.
    Solar Panels are very inefficient.

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    Re: The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics - Press Release

    Quote Originally Posted by Fenton View Post
    The Nobel Prize for Physics is for a guy who improved upon a 20 year old technology ?????

    Wow ! Its a simple pn-junction diode encased in epoxy with varying width band gaps.

    And Edison and Nobel Prize shouldn't be mentioned in the same sentence.

    If it were up to Eddison we would still be living we would still be using 1930s technology
    Did you watch the "live" press release? Apparently Edison was mentioned.

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    Re: The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics - Press Release

    No issue here compared to Obama winning the Peace prize and he is at war now.

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    Re: The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics - Press Release

    Quote Originally Posted by RDS View Post
    Did you watch the "live" press release? Apparently Edison was mentioned.


    Why ?

    Edison's push for a DC power grid was not only impractical and not feasible for power transmission over long distances, it was being pushed by Edison over the superior innovation of Alternating Current.


    Edison used to publicly electrocute Elephants with AC power in a attempt to prove his DC power was superior over Nicola Telsa's inventions.

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    Re: The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics - Press Release

    If one is an inventor, there is arguably no better inspiration than Thomas Edison. Edison was one of history's most prolific inventors. Not everything panned out, but his electric light proved to be basic innovation that was transformational.

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    Re: The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics - Press Release

    Quote Originally Posted by Fenton View Post
    Solar Panels are very inefficient.
    The inefficiencies of solar panels are meaningless, compared to only fire light.
    What a basic solar lighting system does, is capture some of the daylight,
    and move it to the night. The led lights allow more actual lumen s per panel.
    This can translate to ether more light over the same period, or a longer period of lighting.

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    Re: The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics - Press Release

    The prize committee is quite political. One would assume these folks were politically acceptable to them.

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    Re: The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics - Press Release

    Quote Originally Posted by Fenton View Post
    Wow ! Its a simple pn-junction diode encased in epoxy with varying width band gaps.
    That a solution might have been relatively "simple," does not mean that the breakthrough was insignificant. As the press release noted:

    They succeeded where everyone else had failed. Akasaki worked together with Amano at the University of Nagoya, while Nakamura was employed at Nichia Chemicals, a small company in Tokushima. Their inventions were revolutionary.

    The more detailed explanation can be found here: http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_priz...sprize2014.pdf

    If it were up to Eddison we would still be living we would still be using 1930s technology
    Technology and understanding advance. Inventions can and do become obsolete. They can also become building blocks for future innovations. One cannot automatically assume that a given inventor would have preferred that progress cease. A quote attributed to Edison was, "Its obvious that we don't know one millionth of one percent about anything." That leaves much room for future discovery.

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    Re: The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics - Press Release

    Quote Originally Posted by Rainman05 View Post
    Really?
    For better blue LEDs?

    Are you kidding me.

    I mean, don't get me wrong, that's great and all, and better and more efficient powerful blue LEDs are always nice but the ones we have today are good enough. I mean, blue LEDs have been around for 20 years and they're good enough. I mean, shouldn't the Nobel prize go for like... big advances in a field instead of just improving something. There is no new massive groundbreaking technology involved in making these blue LEDs. They're just using a different coating. That's all.

    Ah well, good for them anyway.

    I could only think of this while reading that...

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