The 50-year quest to find the particle that almost broke physics

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Wolfgang Pauli postulated a particle that he believed couldn’t be detected


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Physicists have an impressive track record of world-changing discoveries: from the serendipitous discovery of X-rays in 1895, which transformed medicine, to experiments in the 1920s that verified quantum mechanics and enabled modern …

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