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Web Date: October 7, 2008

Nobel Prize In Physics

Three honored for developing fundamental theory that explains why matter persists
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The 2008 Nobel Prize in Physics pays homage to symmetry breaking, an abstruse but critical theory in physics that explains why matter should have persisted after the Big Bang. Developed in the 1960s and '70s, symmetry breaking also led to predictions about new types of quarks, which are subatomic particles that make up particles such as protons.

The prize will be shared by three researchers. Yoichiro Nambu, 87, of the

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