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History of Original Ideas and Basic Discoveries in Particle Physics

Part of the book series: NATO Science Series B: (NSSB, volume 352)

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Table of contents (49 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxi
  2. Session I

    1. Indirect Approaches to Fundamental Theory

      • Murray Gell-Mann
      Pages 1-7
    2. Electroweak Reminiscences

      • Steven Weinberg
      Pages 27-36
    3. Gauge Theory and Renormalization

      • Gerard’t Hooft
      Pages 37-53
    4. Vacua, Vacuum: the Physics of Nothing

      • L. B. Okun
      Pages 67-74
  3. Session II

    1. Asymptotic Freedom, Confinement and QCD

      • David J. Gross
      Pages 75-99
    2. Gluon Jets

      • James G. Branson
      Pages 101-121
    3. QCD in “Her” Maiden Years

      • A. De Rújula
      Pages 123-141
    4. The Discovery of the Muon

      • Oreste Piccioni
      Pages 143-162
    5. Kaon Decays to Pions

      • R. H. Dalitz
      Pages 163-183
    6. Symmetries and Meson Decays

      • Robert K. Adair
      Pages 185-197
  4. Session III

    1. The Discovery of The Tau Lepton

      • Martin L. Perl
      Pages 277-302
    2. The Discovery of the J Particle

      • Samuel C. C. Ting
      Pages 303-327
    3. From the ψ to Charmed Mesons

      • Gerson Goldhaber
      Pages 329-357
    4. The Discovery of the Upsilon Family

      • Daniel M. Kaplan
      Pages 359-380
  5. Session IV

    1. Parity Violation

      • Chien-Shiung Wu
      Pages 381-400

About this book

The International Conference on the History of Original Ideas and Basic Discoveries, held at the "Ettore Majorana" Centre for Scientific Culture in Erice, Sicily, July 27-August 4, 1994, brought together sixty of the leading scientists including many Nobel Laureates in high energy physics, principal contributors in other fields of physics such as high Tc superconductivity, particle accelerators and detector instrumentation, and thirty-six talented younger physicists selected from candidates throughout the world. The scientific program, including 49 lectures and a discussion session on the "Status and Future Directions in High Energy Physics" was inspired by the conference theme: The key experimental discoveries and theoretical breakthroughs of the last 50 years, in particle physics and related fields, have led us to a powerful description of matter in terms of three quark and three lepton families and four fundamental interactions. The most recent generation of experiments at e+e- and proton-proton colliders, and corresponding advances in theoretical calculations, have given us remarkably precise determinations of the basic parameters of the electroweak and strong interactions. These developments, while showing the striking internal consistency of the Standard Model, have also sharpened our view of the many unanswered questions which remain for the next generation: the origin and pattern of particle masses and families, the unification of the interactions including gravity, and the relation between the laws of physics and the initial conditions of the universe.

Keywords

  • Baryon
  • Confinement
  • Dark matter
  • Lepton
  • Meson
  • Neutrino
  • Particle Physics
  • Quark
  • hadron

Editors and Affiliations

  • California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA

    Harvey B. Newman

  • Collège de France, Paris, France

    Thomas Ypsilantis

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