The Centenary of the Discovery of Cosmic Rays: The End of the Beginning
29th April 2012, 14:15 to 16:00, The Old Library, Grey College, Durham UniversityThis public talk is to be given by Sir Arnold Wolfendale FRS, Emeritus Professor of Physics and 14th Astronomer Royal.
In 1912, Victor Hess embarked on a perilous balloon ascent and discovered the 'cosmic radiation', actually a beam of atomic particles. Whole areas of Science have been stimulated by the discovery, although it must be said that we're still not quite sure where they are coming from! The lecture will deal with the discovery, the implications, Durham's role and where we go from here.