Wednesday, February 22, 2006

A Neutrino Review

A physicist performs a magic trick at the dinner table. Electron, muon, and tau neutrinos appear as red foam balls. They exchange places. They completely disappear. The irony is that the reality of neutrinos as presented in PBS Nova’s documentary “The Ghost Particle” is more magical than the trick. This is a great show for those who love to be mystified by things beyond their understanding. I can barely comprehend how anyone can harvest argon from three atoms floating in thousands of gallons of unaffected atoms per week let alone grasp the math behind it all. Do you really want to know how David Copperfield does his tricks? I don’t. Do you want to know the tricks behind neutrinos? Then go here.

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