The physics of the strong interaction developed in an explosive manner during the seventies. The peak of this development came with the construction of quantum chromodynamics (QCD), which lays claim to being the fundamental theory in this area of physics. In this part of the book we will attempt to trace the historical path which led to QCD. Despite the existence of some impressive comparisons between experimental data and QCD, it should be stressed that this theory is not nearly so well confirmed as, for example, QED.
KeywordsQuantum Chromodynamics Nuclear Force Charm Quark Historical Overview Nuclear Magneton
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