Search and Discovery
The hypothesized quantum mechanical process in which neutrinos transform from one ‘flavor’ into another can be studied by observing solar neutrinos with a new generation of highly sensitive detectors.
Fermi's group bombarded uranium with neutrons in 1934, but it was almost five years before Hahn and Strassmann realized what these neutrons were actually doing. It required superb chemists to bring the comedy of errors to a close.
Concepts developed to explain melting in two dimensions and multicritical phenomena in three dimensions lead to a detailed model for the growth and structures of smectic liquid crystal materials.