August 28, 2016 to September 4, 2016
Europe/Athens timezone

The November Revolution

Sep 3, 2016, 12:10 PM
Aristotelis (Makedonia Palace)


Makedonia Palace

Plenary sessions Plenary


Alvaro De Rujula (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC) (ES))


In a few years — right before and after the November Revolution of 1974 — particle physics, with full wind in its sails, changed very significantly. Quarks, somewhat reluctantly invented during the 1963/64 Christmas holidays, turned out to be for real. QCD and the rest of the Standard Model evolved from being considered a tropical disease affecting an overwhelmed minority of field theorists to being spoused by practically "everybody". I shall revisit, from the very personal point of view of a witness, the main theoretical and observational aspects of QCD in its infancy. I shall try to very briefly comment on the QCD progress made during the past half century, as well as the two main challenges still remaining.

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Alvaro De Rujula (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC) (ES))

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