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Title: The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments

"Science in the 21st century has become industrialized. The experiments so often celebrated in the newspapers - sequencing the genome, proving the existence of the top quark, discovering a new planetmore » by analyzing the wobble of a distant start - cost millions of dollars. They generate terabytes of data to be analyzed by supercomputers, calculating factories that spew out so much heat that they are equipped with cooling stacks and consume the energy of a small town. The experiments are carried out by research teams that have grown to the size of small corporations. But until very recently the most earth-shaking science came from individual pairs of hands. From a single mind confronting the unknown. The great experiments that mark the edges of our understanding were most often performed by one or two scientists and usually on a tabletop. Computation, if there was any, was carried out on paper or later with a slide rule. These experiments were designed and conducted with such straightforward elegance that they deserve to be called beautiful." (excerpt from the slide presentation accompanying the video)« less
Title: The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments
Publication Date: 2010-10-20
OSTI Identifier: 1015803
DOE Contract Number: AC02-76CH03073
Resource Type: Multimedia
Resource Relation: Conference: Wednesday Colloquium Series, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, Princeton, New Jersey, presented on October 20, 2010
Research Org: PPPL (Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), Princeton, NJ (United States))
Sponsoring Org: USDOE Office of Science (SC)
Country of Publication: United States
Language: English
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System Entry Date: 2016-06-21