Are We Really Made of Quarks?

Lecture presented by: Professor Jerome I. Friedman
Date: April 4, 2017
Location: Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Mexico City

The answer to the question, “Are we really made of quarks?”, is yes; but physicists did not arrive at this answer easily. The quark model, which embodied a radically new conceptual view of the structure of matter, was fiercely debated and generally rejected by the physics community. Its ultimate acceptance took well over a decade and occurred only after inescapable and compelling experimental evidence was obtained.

Jerome Isaac Friedman is an American physicist. He is a Professor of Statistics at Stanford University.

He was born in Chicago, Illinois, to parents who emigrated to the US from Russia, and excelled particularly in art while growing up. He became interested in physics after reading a book on relativity written by Albert Einstein, and as a result he turned down a scholarship to the Art Institute of Chicago to study physics at the University of Chicago. While there he worked under Enrico Fermi, and eventually received his Ph.D. in physics in 1956. In 1960 he joined the physics faculty of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Are We Really Made of Quarks? Mexico, April 2017