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All Articles by Margaret Silbar
Year (Volume & No.)TitleAbstractAuthorDownload
1980 (Volume 11, No. 6)Neutrino Mass: The Lightweight Neutrino Weighs InExperiments indicating mass for neutrinos are not yet confirmed. But there are reasons to believe they're on the right track. To salvage a principle.Margaret SilbarPDF
1981 (Volume 12, No. 6)Fundamental Constants: Measurement to the LimitThe fundamental constants are a tapestry of precision measurement. The work is an effort by many weavers. A new constant. A new effect.Margaret SilbarPDF
1982 (Volume 13, No. 6)Plasma Reconnection: Merging Magnetic FieldsIn their swirling dance, magnetic fields of the earth and sun sometimes blend, or reconnect. Laboratory simulation of the action is being called an experimental tour de force. Reconnection and magnetic monopoles.Margaret SilbarPDF
1983 (Volume 14, No. 4)Non-neutral Plasmas: Physics' Odd CornerSynthesized non-neutral plasmas copy a rarity in nature and provide insight to the release of fusion energy. Crystal-building.Margaret SilbarPDF
1984 (Volume 15, No. 2)Quantizing Gravity: Gravity, the Fourth ForcePhysicists seeking to make unification theory truly grand will have to come to terms with the weakest of the known forces in nature. A startling prediction. Nature and her symmetries. Symmetry dictates interactions.Margaret SilbarPDF
1985 (Volume 16, No. 1)Symmetry Theory -- Symmetry Special: Physicists' SymmetriesThe symmetries that physicists see are not those of the ordinary world. A lesson from the fifties. Group theory in quantum mechanics.Margaret SilbarPDF
1985 (Volume 16, No. 2)Quarks: Quarks in NucleiHigh-energy physicists take nuclei apart to explore their components. Visiting quarks at home can serve some purpose, too. The exchange force Large-angle scattering. Quarkless models?Margaret SilbarPDF
1985 (Volume 16, No. 3)Architectures -- Scientific Computing Special: The Pursuit of ParallelismAs the power of computer components approaches limits, the ways in which they can be arranged take on increased importance. Architectures and hardware. Topologies. Pipelining.Margaret SilbarPDF
1986 (Volume 17, No. 4)Superstrings: A Profound Theory Lurking . . .A theory of point-sized oscillating superstrings is giving quark theory and the onion (or wheel-in-a-wheel) model of the physical universe a run for their money. The race is not necessarily heading toward achieving a model that has the largest number either of dimensions or of supposedly fundamental particles. Desperately seeking superstrings? One-loop finiteness Margaret SilbarPDF
1988 (Volume 19, No. 2)Cellular Automata: Computational Tool or Curiosity?Cellular automata, part of the legacy of John von Neumann, are conceptualized machines capable of self-replication. Although they are still not much more than an idea, they do not exist entirely in the abstract. How to reproduce. How to play at life. Zeroing in on complexity. Margaret SilbarPDF


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