Are more new types of matter on the horizon? Researchers reveal how Nobel Prize win is helping uncover strange new states
The 2016 Nobel Prize in physics has been awarded to David Thouless, Duncan Haldane and Michael Kosterlitz, three theoretical physicists whose research used the unexpected mathematical lens of topology to investigate phases of matter and the transitions between them.
Topology is a branch of mathematics that deals with understanding shapes of objects; it's interested in 'invariants' that don't change when a shape is deformed, like the number of holes an object has.
Physics is the study of matter and its properties.
The Nobel Prize winners were the first to make the connection between these... read more
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