Cosmic wagers

Steven Hawking
John Preskill

Kip Thorne engaged in a set of wagers with other physicists, and photographs of these wagers hang in the hallway near his office at Caltech.

Naked singularities
Naked Singularities II

Black holes and information
Detection of black holes

Gravity waves I
Gravity waves II

Weak field theory
Brans Dicke theory

Kerr metric
Science book


Landau's Theoretical Minimum

Lev Landau
Students who passed

Landau administered an exam each year to aspiring physics students called the "Theoretical Minimum". Few passed, and those that passed acquired instant fame. An English translation of the list follows.

1. Kompaneets
2. Lifshitz
3. Akhiezer
4. Pomeranchuk
5. Tissa
6. Levich
7. Berestetskii
8. Smorodinskii
9. Khalatnikov
10. Khutsishvili
11. Ter-Martirosyan
12. Abrikosov
13. Ioffe
14. Zharkov
15. Lapidus
16. Sudakov
17. Kagan
18. Irshtein
19. Gorkov
20. Dzyaloshinksii
21. Arkhipov
22. Balashov
23. Vedepov
24. Maksimov
25. Pitaevskii
26. Sagdeev
27. Bekharevich
28. Ivanchik
29. Bychkov
30. Shapoval
31. Falkovskii
32. Andronov
33. Kondratenko
34. Rusinov
35. Marinov
36. Bernov
37. Malik-Barkudarov
38. Moskalenko
39. Ignatovich
40. Bud'ko
41. Man'ko
42. Malkin
43. Kolabasov

d:   D. Sci.
k:   Cand. Sci.
2k:  Associate Member of the Academy of Sciences (AN SSSR)