What a day! Berkeley’s Professor George Smoot, the much feared Physics 7A/7B professor who gives impossibly hard exams now has a good solid reason for his behaviour! He just won the nobel prize for his work in cosmology. He was one of the main scientists working on the background radiation problem, and he was the leader of the COBE project, which launched a satellite and mapped out the irregularities in the background radiation. His work laid the groundwork for proving the Big Back theory. All this happened just the day before he’s going to scorch his students with a midterm for Thermodynamics! Congratulations Smoot!