Reprinted from Sanford Lab’s Deep Thoughts, 6 February 2018.
In December 1960, The New Yorker published John Updike’s poem about the neutrino, a ghost-like particle discovered a few years before. Titled Cosmic Gall, Updike’s poem examines the neutrino’s bizarre properties.
Little did he know how weird things would get: Scientists not only found two more types of neutrinos, but also discovered that the three types transform into each other.
(This “deconstruction” was written by Kurt Riesselmann in 2011; he is currently deputy communications director at Fermilab.)