Houston Area Quarknet Associate Teacher Institute 2005
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"How is it that our universe came to be so rich and varied? Why
are there stars, light, planets, and a hundred different atoms that can
be combined into countless molecules?
Although these investigations require sophisticated instruments to reveal phenomena far smaller and more energetic than we are aware of in daily life, the deep connection between the two realms inspires researchers in elementary-particle physics and lends added significance to their investigations."
-- from Elementary Particle Physics, The National Research Council's Commission on Physical Sciences, Mathematics, and Applications (1998).
|• The God Particle -- Leon
• The Quark and the Jaguar -- Murray Gell-Man (1994)
• Relativity: The Special and General Theory -- Albert Einstein (1961)
|"In 1928, physicist and Nobel prize winner Max Born told a group
of visitors, "Physics, as we know it, will be over in six months."
His confidence was based on the recent discovery by Dirac of the equation
that governed the electron. It was thought that a similar equation would
govern the proton, which was the only other particle known at the time,
and that would be the end of theoretical physics. However, the discovery
of the neutron  and of nuclear forces knocked that one on the head
-- Stephen Hawking, The Illustrated 'A Brief History of Time'
"Great advances in Physics are a result of bigger and better experiments."
-- Paul Padley, Rice University
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