zewail seminar

March 1, 2007 at 8:44 pm | | seminars

These are my notes from Ahmed Zewail‘s talk here at Stanford (on 2/28/07):

zewail1.jpg zewail2.jpg zewail3.jpg

It was sorta good—for a Nobel laureate’s talk—but too focused on we’re-so-awesome-and-look-at-these-impressive-pictures (as opposed to this-is-the-science-and-this-is-what-we-did sorta stuff).

But here are the non-science highlights. The very first question was someone asking him to repeat the date on one of his publications he mentioned and cited on one of the slides. Seriously?? Ever heard of SciFinder Scholar?

My favorite part was, when he showed the picture of his lab, he said, “I did ask all of them to smile, but, well….” At which point, a friend whispered to me, “But they don’t remember how.” Ha! Life in the Zewail lab—or Caltech—can’t be that bad.


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  1. Thanks for posting these. Do you know if a video clip of the picosecond time-scale crystallization happens to be floating around the intertubes?

    Comment by Sujit — March 4, 2007 #

  2. i dunno if there’s a video available, but the PNAS paper for that crystallization was doi: 10.1073/pnas.0609233103

    Comment by sam — March 4, 2007 #

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