Much to Learn about 't Hooft, the 1999 Nobel Prize Winner for Physics
Did you know that names such as: 't Hooft, 't Hart, and Van 't Hoff, are not uncommon in the Dutch language? The prefix 't is pronounced 'ut' and stands for 'het'. Het Hoofd (in modern spelling) is literally translated as: 'the head'. The first 't' in Prof 't Hooft's name should never be capitalized. In capital letters, the name appears as: 't HOOFT.
Professor Gerard 't Hooft is the co-winner of the 1999 Nobel Prize for Physics and he was recently in Singapore to launch his newest book 50 Years of Yang-Mills Theory published by World Scientific Publishing Company (WSPC). To many scientists, the Yang-Mills Non-Abelian Gauge Theory is the most important breakthrough in Physics after the discovery of the Theory of Relativity and Quantum Mechanics in the 20th Century. The book launch was attended by academics, researchers, and educators from the local Physics community. World Scientific was also honored to have His Excellency, Mr Hendrik van Pesh, the Netherlands Ambassador to Singapore, grace the occasion as the Guest-of-Honor.
Prof 't Hooft was also the distinguished speaker for the 7th World Scientific Nobel Laureate Lecture Series. The topic of the lecture was "Atoms and Universes -- Unifying Small and Big in the World Year of Physics 2005".