CERN Courier: December 2001
This year marks the centenary of the birth of Werner Heisenberg, pioneer of quantum mechanics and theoretical high-energy physics. Helmut Rechenberg, Heisenberg's last postgraduate, co-editor of his collected works and co-author of the multivolume opus The Historical Development of Quantum Theory, traces the life of a quantum figurehead.
The award of the 2001 Nobel Prize for Physics to Eric Cornell, Wolfgang Ketterle and Carl Wieman for their "achievement of Bose-Einstein condensation in dilute gases of alkali atoms and for early fundamental studies of the properties of the condensates" is the latest chapter in a long history.
Some 2000 metres underground in a working nickel mine, physicists have installed one of the world's most sensitive instruments for observing the universe. Operational since 1999, the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory has ambitious plans for the future. James Gillies reports.
Citation tracking can point to the most influential trends in research. Heath O'Connell and Michael Peskin analyse the chart for the year 2000 and report the hottest topics in high-energy physics.