Insights from the pioneers of nuclear and quantum physics
In the early 20th century the idea of the atom as an indivisible entity was overthrown and replaced with the idea of subatomic particles, quantum mechanics and a complex view of reality that no-one had predicted. But how did we actually discover this view of reality?
In this talk we explore a series of key experiments behind this transition. From the cathode ray tubes and instruments on hot air balloons, to cloud and bubble chambers and enormous particle accelerators.
Through this talk, Dr Suzie Sheehy will showcase the stories of the people who made these experiments happen, from Nobel-prize winners to the lesser-known “scanning girls”. We will explore how working across disciplinary, cultural and societal boundaries led to discoveries which changed our understanding of physics, and our world, forever.
You can also register to attend this event live via Zoom.