Congratulations to Andre Geim of the University of Manchester, the first winner of both the IGNobel and the Nobel Prize in Physics!
Back in 2000, Andre Geim shared the IgNobel Prize with Sir Michael Berry, for his celebrated levitating frog eperiment.
Today, ten years later, he has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for 2010, together with Konstantin Novoselov, for "for groundbreaking experiments regarding the two-dimensional material graphene".
Graphene, as this chicken-wire single-atom carbon layer is called, is a cool material for theorists and experimentalists alike - just have a look at Google to see how popular and important this stuff has become.
It seems to me that the way how Geim and Novoselov discovered graphene in 2004 by using adhesive tape to peel a single layer of carbon atoms off a piece of graphite - the "Scotch tape method" - and the levitating frog clearly show the same playful attitude towards physics, a great way to do science!
For a first reading about Graphene, check out Carbon Wonderland by Andre Geim and Philip Kim, Scientific American April 2008, and Graphene: Exploring Carbon Flatland by Andre Geim and Allan MacDonald, Physics Today 60 (2007) 35-41.
More technical papers can also be found on the website of Geim's group at Manchester.
TAGS: PHYSICS NOBEL PRIZE, GRAPHENE