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TitleThe Discovery of the Tau Lepton and the Changes in Elementary Particle Physics in 40 Years
Author(s)Perl, M.
Publication DateOctober 22, 2003
Report NumberSLAC-PUB-10150
Unique IdentifierACC0130
Other NumbersOSTI ID: 826515
Research OrgStanford Linear Accelerator Center, Menlo Park, CA (US)
Contract NoAC03-76SF00515
Sponsoring OrgUSDOE Office of Science (US)
Subject72 Physics of Elementary Particles and Fields; Elementary Particles; LANL; Physics; Tau Particles
Related Web PagesMartin Perl and the Tau Lepton
AbstractThis is a history of my discovery of the tau lepton in the 1970s for which I was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics. I have previously described some aspects of the discovery. In 1996 in my collection of papers entitled, ''Reflections on Experimental Science,'' I gave a straightforward account of the experimental method and the physics involved in the discovery as an introduction to the collection. In a 2002 paper written with Mary A. Meyer published in the journal ''Theoria et Historia Scientiarum'' I used the story of the discovery to outline my thoughts on the practice of experimental science. That 2002 paper was written primarily for young women and men who are beginning their lives in science and it was based on a lecture given at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Some of the historical material in this paper has appeared in those two earlier papers.
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