AUTHORSegrè, Emilio
TITLEFermi and Neutron Physics
PERIODICAL TITLEReviews of Modern Physics
DATE PUBLISHED1955
VOLUME NUMBER27
ISSUE NUMBER3 (July)
PAGE NUMBERS257-263
ISSN0034-6861


In this interesting article, Emilio Segrè presents a personal narrative of the historic research in neutron physics led by Enrico Fermi in Rome in 1934 and 1935. During that brief interval, Fermi and his collaborators conducted groundbreaking experiments on the interactions of neutrons with hydrogenous materials. Fermi won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1938 for that work. The article is not a purely scientific retrospective; rather, it attempts to explain the setting in which those investigations took place and to elaborate on the background stories of the participants.


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