Search and Discovery
Yes, it is, even though to some people it seems contrived, mathematical, abstract and distant; to overcome these negative impressions it is the physics teacher's task to emphasize the human side.
Cosmic rays may provide the energy flux necessary for the continual synthesis of molecules in dense clouds, according to this detailed model of the carbon, oxygen, hydrogen and nitrogen chemistry of those regions.
Compared to the competitive struggles of today's highly specialized physicists for recognition, the atmosphere in the “springtime of modern atomic physics” was like that of a “Peyton Place without sex.”
How one student who was undecided whether to pursue a career in physics or history and another who had not taken his mechanics exam came to identify the fourth atomic quantum number with a rotation of the electron.