The early morning phone call (for North Americans)! The endless numbers of invitations to give lectures! Being taken seriously! There is no end to the inconvenience of having won a Nobel Prize, apparently. Doesn’t that make you feel better? I know it makes me feel better about my obscurity and mediocrity!
I like this guy:
“Frankly, I have no complaints whatsoever,” says Martin Veltman, a physics laureate at the Universities of Utrecht and Michigan. Veltman shared the 1999 prize with his former student, Gerard ‘t Hooft, for work that put the mathematics behind the Higgs boson on sound footing. But Veltman does raise an eyebrow at some of the other members of the Nobel club. “Sometimes I wonder about the other laureates,” he says. “In fact I have discovered the truth of a remark by [Enrico] Fermi. Someone asked him: ‘What have the Nobel prize winners in common? His answer: ‘Nothing, not even intelligence.’”