The Discovery of the Parity Violation in Weak Interactions and Its Recent Developments

  • Chien-Shiung Wu
Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 746)


This address was presented by Chien-ShiungWu as the Nishina Memorial Lecture at the University of Tokyo, March 31, 1983


Beta Decay Asymmetry Parameter Parity Violation Bilateral Symmetry Nuclear Polarization 


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