We are Nobel Prize
Dear reader, After 2017 and 2019, astronomy now wins the Nobel Prize in Physics for the third time in four years (see p. 22). For me, this shows two things: First, basic astronomical research is important for humanity. In all cases – gravitational waves, exoplanets, and stellar motion – measurement technology has been pushed to levels of sensitivity and precision that we could only dream of just a few decades ago. The award winners in theory have also achieved great things, as they were pioneers who paved the way for the experimenters.
Secondly, I feel vindicated in this recognition of astronomy in the Physics Nobel Prize category. Because our favorite subject is excellently suited to bringing the natural sciences closer to everyone, especially young people. Astronomy is much more than physics because not only does it encompass all of the natural sciences, mathematics, and engineering-its humanities implications give us an idea of what the big picture is and our role in it. Reading from p. 28 stimulates such reflections: in a well-done overview article, the astrophysicist Martin Rees unfolds around two centuries of scientific history and discoveries before you.
I am particularly pleased that this December issue gives you an insight into the history of "Stars and Space" and the facilities on the Königstuhl in Heidelberg. Nobody knows these facts better than the former editor-in-chief Jakob Staude, who presents them to you from p. 38.
I am very saddened by the death of our SuW author Bernd Loibl, who overtook him while his article about the cardboard sextant was being published from p.70 was created. Such a loss reminds us that nothing in the universe is permanent. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.
Hush into the magazine! Yours