Scientist Who Sparked ‘A Revolution in Chemistry’ Dies at 70

Ahmed Zewail pioneered a technique for using lasers to monitor chemical reactions, which the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said sparked “a revolution in chemistry and adjacent sciences.” Slashdot reader Provocateur writes, “The Washington Post has the story…citing his prizewinning research in femtochemistry…”
Slashdot covered Zewail’s Nobel prize in 1999, as well as his 2001 claim to have resolved Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle. “Mathematics, mechanics, and chemistry were among the fields that gave me a special satisfaction…” he says in the Post’s article, adding “for reasons unknown (to me), my mind kept asking ‘how’ and ‘why.’ “


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