Slivers of the Nobel Pie

When half of the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 2007, the other half was bestowed on a lifelong politician named Al Gore.

The fact that this particular prize was not for science at all – but for raising public awareness – hasn’t prevented scientists from boasting about it in their list of credentials, or discouraged journalists from mentioning it in order to magnify the eminence of scientists about whom they are writing.