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Wed, Oct. 4th, 2006, 02:37 pm
Smoots

I am vaguely disappointed that brand-new Nobel Prize winner George F. Smoot is not, in fact, the Smoot for whom the Smoot measurement was named.  Oliver Smoot definitely wins the predictive career accomplishment prize, though: after being used to measure the MIT bridge, he later went on to lead the American National Standards Institute and the International Organization for Standardization.  Being a standard himself, I guess, made him aspire to study them?