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2Physics Quote:
"Eckhard D. Falkenberg, who found evidence of an annual oscillation in the beta-decay rate of tritium, was either the first or one of the first to propose that some beta-decay rates may be variable. He suggested that the beta-decay process may be influenced by neutrinos, and attributed the annual variation to the varying Earth-Sun distance that leads to a corresponding variation in the flux of solar neutrinos as detected on Earth. Supporting evidence for the variability of beta-decay rates could be found in the results of an experiment carried out at the Brookhaven National Laboratory."
-- Peter A. Sturrock, Ephraim Fischbach, Jeffrey D. Scargle

(Read Full Article: "Indications of an Influence of Solar Neutrinos on Beta Decays"
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Saturday, February 25, 2006

Fantastic Realities

Fantastic Realities
ed:
Frank Wilczek
Pub: World Scientific, Singapore
ISBN 981-256-649-X

500pp (approx.)
(to be published soon)

If you love Physics and wish to have a relaxation of mind, here is a book we recommend to you. Frank Wilczek is the charismatic Physics Professor at MIT and recipient of 2004 Nobel Prize. He is known, among other things, for the discovery of asymptotic freedom, the development of quantum chromodynamics, axions, and the discovery and exploitation of new forms of quantum statistics (anyons).

This book consists of 49 pieces, including many from Wilczek’s award-winning 'Reference Frame' columns in 'Physics Today' and some of them are never before published. The articles are gathered by style and subject into a dozen chapters, each with a revealing, witty introduction.

It has everything that can please, amuse and entertain your mind and brain: jokes, some poems, and extracts from wife Betsy Devine’s sparkling chronicle of what it’s like to live through a Nobel Prize. There’s also some history, some philosophy, some exposition of frontier science for your lasting edification -- You know what to expect if you are a regular follower of Frank's 'reference frame' columns.

The book is going to hit the stand soon in the forthcoming spring and we are predicting a big success.

Congratulations Frank ... for thinking of such a wonderful book and finding time to deliver it for our pleasure.


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