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A year at CERN. Parastatistics and color (Part 2)
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Then we looked up parastatistics, and did it correctly this time, we didn't use the Umezawa paper or whatever it was that Yuval and I had used eight years before, that had a mistake in it; we… we used the correct calculation and we found that parastatistics with the prohibition of real paraparticles was exactly the same thing, precisely the same thing. If we had parastatistics and we said there was no such thing in that… that no particle could come out and be seen singly that had parastatistics—only the constituents—then it was exactly the same as saying that we had color and nothing colored could come out. And so that was our starting point.

New York-born physicist Murray Gell-Mann is known for his creation of the eightfold way, an ordering system for subatomic particles, comparable to the periodic table. His discovery of the omega-minus particle filled a gap in the system, brought the theory wide acceptance and led to Gell-Mann's winning the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1969.

Listeners: Geoffrey West

Geoffrey West is a Staff Member, Fellow, and Program Manager for High Energy Physics at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He is also a member of The Santa Fe Institute. He is a native of England and was educated at Cambridge University (B.A. 1961). He received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1966 followed by post-doctoral appointments at Cornell and Harvard Universities. He returned to Stanford as a faculty member in 1970. He left to build and lead the Theoretical High Energy Physics Group at Los Alamos. He has numerous scientific publications including the editing of three books. His primary interest has been in fundamental questions in Physics, especially those concerning the elementary particles and their interactions. His long-term fascination in general scaling phenomena grew out of his work on scaling in quantum chromodynamics and the unification of all forces of nature. In 1996 this evolved into the highly productive collaboration with James Brown and Brian Enquist on the origin of allometric scaling laws in biology and the development of realistic quantitative models that analyse the influence of size on the structural and functional design of organisms.

Tags: CERN, Yuval Ne'eman, Hiroomi Umezawa

Duration: 53 seconds

Date story recorded: October 1997

Date story went live: 29 September 2010