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Give Stephen Hawking a Nobel Prize

The criteria for judging science's most coveted prize should be reexamined

By Philip Ball  

Stephen Hawking will deliver the Reith Lecture in November

It’s Nobel season, so welcome to speculations that you should give as much credence as the psephology of recent British elections. Forced to reflect with a little more care and depth this year, owing to my participation on a panel of the American Chemical Society to discuss predictions in that field, I’ve come to realise that what I really want to see is not my own choices validated but a changed emphasis…

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