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Unformatted text preview: The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2003 Presentation Speech Presentation Speech by Professor Gunnar von Heijne of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences , December 10, 2003. Translation of the Swedish text. Professor Gunnar von Heijne delivering the Presentation Speech for the 2003 Nobel Prize in Chemistry at the Stockholm Concert Hall. Copyright © Nobel Web AB 2003 Photo: Hans Mehlin Your Majesties, Your Royal Highnesses, Ladies and Gentlemen, In the days of Alfred Nobel, the learned academies used to entertain and educate the public by holding open demonstrations explaining the latest scientific advances. This tradition has been largely – and perhaps unfortunately – forgotten. So let us try to revive the public demonstration of science, if only for a brief moment. The demonstration I have in mind is a simple one, and only requires that you do something that is in any case particularly fitting for a Nobel Prize ceremony: to think. But only for exactly 5 seconds! So, please start thinking, for 5 seconds ... Thank you! Let us now reflect briefly on what has just happened, in each and every one of us. First, a sudden increase in the activity of Let us now reflect briefly on what has just happened, in each and every one of us....
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