Yesterday, the Nobel Prize for Physics was awarded to Peter Gruenberg of Germany and Albert Fert of France whose work revolutionized digital data storage. “Their discovery that ultra-thin slices of metal have different electrical properties in a magnetic field not only changed the musical and computing habits of the entire planet but also altered the very landscape of how people think about information, and the ways in which music, movies and ideas can be shared.”
Read the whole article in the Washington Post:
There is a cool graph illustrating hard disk storage growth, and some photos with audio.
Data Storage Discovery Earns Nobel Breakthrough by Frenchman, German Empowers iPods and Laptops
By Shankar Vedantam Washington Post Staff Writer Wednesday, October 10, 2007; Page A03