Season 33, Episode 14 The Ghost Particle

First Aired: February 22, 2006

Scientists' efforts to identify and understand neutrinos, unseen building blocks of the universe, are chronicled, beginning in 1930 with Austrian physicist Wolfgang Pauli's observations about a decaying radioactive atomic nucleus. Included are comments from astrophysicist John Bahcall, who calculated the sun's theoretical neutrino output during the 1960s; and Nobel Prize winner Raymond Davis Jr., who built a neutrino trap in a South Dakota gold mine.

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  • Premise: PBS's premier science-documentary series, which has won six Peabody Awards and more than 20 Emmys (four in 2002 alone) since its 1974 debut. `Nova' clearly, and often engagingly, `demystifies' a vast range of science, technology and history topics---past a… (more)

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