An illustrated talk with demonstrations by Sandy Caldwell.
26th March 2020 at 7:15pm.
DUE TO ONGOING PUBLIC HEALTH CONCERNS THIS TALK IS CANCELLED. WE WILL ATTEMPT TO RESCHEDULE IT AT A LATER DATE.
Many Italians have contributed very significantly in a wide range of fields in physics. The intention is to highlight the achievements of a small selection of well-known physicists, and to give some background information on the person behind the science. A few practical demonstrations, hopefully successful, will accompany the descriptions.
Of particular interest is the group from Rome La Sapienza known as ‘I ragazzi di via Panisperna’, some of whose members are shown. They were led by Enrico Fermi, and their work of the twenties and thirties was seminal in the development of nuclear fission, some being contributors to the ‘Manhattan Project’, and two becoming Nobel Laureates in consequence. The varied and interesting private lives and experiences of several of the group will be outlined.
Safety considerations preclude giving a demonstration of fission.