Archive for March 8, 2010

C.S. Wu and the lack of a Nobel Prize

If you can understand German, you should read a new entry at Diax’s Rake called Chien-Shiung Wu zerbricht die Physik (“Chien-Shiung shatters physics”). Jörg Rings describes succinctly the principles of her famous experiment demonstrating parity violation in the weak interactions – for which she did not receive the Nobel Prize.

C.S. Wu photo

I find this essay from Jörg particularly well-timed for today, which is International Women’s Day.

NIST has a nice exhibit called The Fall of Parity where you can learn more about C.S. Wu’s experiment, and Columbia University gives a short blurb about her career there.

For public activities in particle physics to honor female physicists, see the links and other information I posted some days ago, here.

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March 8, 2010 at 8:47 am 4 comments


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