This intriguing and accessible book examines the experiments on neutrino oscillations. It argues that this history gives us good reason to believe in the existence of neutrinos, a particle that interacts so weakly with matter that its interaction length is measured in light years of lead. Yet, the scientific process has provided evidence of the elusive neutrino. Written in a style accessible to any reader with a college education in physics, Are There Really Neutrinos? is of interest to students and researchers alike. This second edition contains a new epilogue highlighting the new developments in neutrino physics over the past 20 years.
Praise for the first edition
"Franklin’s excellent book is especially welcome and timely. It tells us much about the history of the neutrino and related physics…. It deserves a wide readership."
–William Evenson, History of Physics Newsletter
1. The Road to the Neutrino. 2. The Neutrino Hypothesis. 3. Towards a Universal Fermi Interaction. 4. Fermi’s Theory: The Final Act. 5. ‘Observing’ the Neutrino: The Reines-Cowan Experiments. 6. How Much? The Mass of the Neutrino. 7. How Many? Whose? 8. The Missing Solar Neutrinos. 9. Neutrino Oscillations. 10 Conclusion: There Are Neutrinos. 11. Epilogue.
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