Glowing Jellyfish and Broken Symmetry

The 2008 Nobel Prizes in Chemistry and Physics have been announced, the former for the discovery and development of Green Fluorescent Protein from the mellifluously named jellyfish Aequorea victoria, later used as a tag to watch the interactions of various proteins; the latter for discoveries in broken symmetries in subatomic physics.

Gleeson Library | Geschke Center has several of the Nobelprize site’s recommended readings available in our collections and online:

The Chemistry Prize


“A Short Story of Aequorin” by Osamu Shimomura
“The Discovery of Aequorin and Green Fluorescent Protein” by Osamu Shimomura


Aglow in the Dark: The Revolutionary Science of Biofluorescence by Vincent Pieribone and David F. Gruber

Glowing Genes: A Revolution in Biotechnology by Marc Zimmer

The Physics Prize

General Articles:

“In Search of Antimatter” by Sarah Graham
“The Asymmetry between Matter and Antimatter” by Helen R. Quinn and Michael S.Witherell
“Profile: Yoichiro Nambu” by Madhusree Mukerjee

Technical Articles:

“CP-Violation in the Renormalizable Theory of Weak Interaction” by Makoto Kobayashi and Toshihide Maskawa
“Dynamical Model of Elementary Particles Based on an Analogy with Superconductivity. I” and
“Dynamical Model of Elementary Particles Based on an Analogy with Superconductivity. II” by Yasusada Nambu and Giovanni Jona-Lasinio


Broken Symmetry: Selected Papers of Y. Nambu

One thought on “Glowing Jellyfish and Broken Symmetry”

  1. And in more Nobel news —

    The Nobel committee just announced Paul Krugman, Professor of economics and international affairs at Princeton University and New York Times columnist, as the recipient of the Economics Prize “for his analysis of trade patterns and location of economic activity”. Prof. Krugman has written extensively on global trade and finance as well as domestic economic issues. Among the books held by the library that were authored or co-authored by Krugman are:

    The Conscience of a Liberal

    The Spatial Economy: Cities, Regions and International Trade (e-book)

    The Great Unraveling: Losing Our Way in the New Century

    Geography and Trade

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