The Lovely Neutrino: Some Resources for the Public

Yesterday, the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded jointly to two physicists – Takaaki Kajita and Arthur B. McDonald – who made leading contributions to the discovery that neutrinos, very difficult-to-detect subatomic particles, can actually change from one kind to another kind spontaneously. This is called “neutrino oscillation” or “neutrino mixing,” and the fact… Continue reading The Lovely Neutrino: Some Resources for the Public

Science and Peace

This has been an interesting year for the Nobel Prize. Recognizing contributions to the world in areas like chemistry, physics, biology, literature, and even peace, the prize is awarded once per year to up to two lucky individuals in a given field. This year, the prize in physics was awarded to Albert Fert and Peter… Continue reading Science and Peace

The Nobel Prize Makes a Great Tree Ornament

Today is Dec. 10 (at least, in the United States) – the day the Nobel Prizes are awarded (“http://nobelprize.org/”:http://nobelprize.org/). This day marks the anniversary of the death of Alfred Nobel, a man made wealthy by his dangerous work on the development of dynamite. He established the prize to recognize outstanding work in science. Among this… Continue reading The Nobel Prize Makes a Great Tree Ornament