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Document Type

General Interest Article

Keywords

Elementary particles, high-energy processes, quarks

Abstract

Since the earliest of times man has searched for an underlying unity to the rich diversity observed in nature. That search has taken him from the world of atoms and molecules to the domain of sub-nuclear particles and quarks as powerful accelerators have enabled physicists to probe smaller and smaller distances with higher and higher energies. The last six years have been especially significant in high-energy physics. During this brief period there have been unexpected discoveries of matter described by such whimsical names as ''charm'' and ''beauty.'' These recent developments are reviewed for the purpose of explaining the role which these new particles may play in attempts to identify the fundamental building blocks of matter.

Publication Date

September 1982

Journal Title

Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science

Volume

89

Issue

3

First Page

99

Last Page

107

Copyright

© Copyright 1982 by the Iowa Academy of Science, Inc.

Language

EN

File Format

application/pdf

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