A Lesson for the Future of Our Science

My Testimony on Lord Patrick M S Blackett
by Antonino Zichichi
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Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Company

Publication Date: March 07, 2016

ISBN: 9789814719438

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This unique volume contains a tribute to Lord Patrick M S Blackett through the testimony of Professor Antonino Zichichi, who was one of Blackett's pupils in the experiment at the Sphinx Observatory, Europe's highest lab (3580 meters a.s.l.), at Jungfraujoch. The book presents an overview of Blackett's most significant discoveries, such as the so called "vacuum polarization" effect, the first example of "virtual physics" and the "strange particles", that opened a new horizon towards the existence of the subnuclear universe. After discussing the profound implications of Blackett's pioneering contributions to Subnuclear Physics, the book also recalls his deep interest in the promotion of scientific culture. Blackett was firmly convinced that physicists must be engaged directly to let the people outside our labs know what the role of science is in the progress of our civilisation. In particular, according to Blackett and his friend Bertrand Russell, the Manhattan Project was the example of how the new frontiers of science and technology would have been implemented in the future. In this respect, the role of dedicated institutions is discussed, as a new bridge between traditional university teaching and the big projects for the future of science and technology.


  • The Reasons Why This Book Has Been Written
  • An Incredible Sequence of Unexpected Events: The Blackett, Bohr and Rabi "vital condition" for CERN
  • Blackett and the Discovery of the Subnuclear Universe
  • Blackett and Russell (Galilei, Einstein, Gödel)
  • The "Blackett Effect" in the 2nd World War
  • Blackett, the Cambridge Circle and the Whole of Our Knowledge Including Virtual History and the Three Big Bangs
  • New Institutions Founded
  • Memory is Needed for the Future
  • The Future
  • Conclusions — From Blackett to Present Day ...