A question from Yahoo! Answers:
Enrico Fermi. Alfred Nobel. What is ironic about the link between the 2 entities?
First of all, they are not “entities”, they are people. Beyond that, it’s a matter of opinion…
Enrico Fermi won the 1938 Nobel Prize in physics. Nobel Prizes in physics were instituted by Alfred Nobel in 1895.
Both men have made contributions to weapons-making. Alfred Nobel invented dynamite and was the mastermind behind turning Swedish steel company Bofors into a major weapons manufacturing concern; Enrico Fermi was one of the intellectual leaders of the Manhattan Project.
There are chemical elements named after both men (Fermium and Nobelium). Nobelium’s most stable isotope, No-259, decays to a Fermium isotope Fm-255 through alpha decay.
Enrico Fermi was born in Italy; Alfred Nobel died in Italy.