The Nature of Discovery in Physics

  • Douglas D. Osheroff
Part of the Fundamental Theories of Physics book series (FTPH, volume 149)

By their very nature, those discoveries which most change the way we perceive our physical universe are difficult to anticipate. How then, are such discoveries made, and what experimental approaches are most likely to lead to discoveries? In this article I will describe four experiments in which I have participated that have yielded unexpected new physics, and attempt to explain how they came about.

Keywords

Burning Entropy Microwave Carbide Mercury 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Douglas D. Osheroff
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  1. 1.Department of PhysicsStanford UniversityStanfordUSA

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