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The Weinberg-Salam Model of Electroweak Interactions: Ingenious Discovery or Lucky Hunch? (2018)


This contribution looks back at the papers published fifty years ago by Abdus Salam and Steven Weinberg, which are today regarded as marking the coming-to-be of the Weinberg-Salam model of electroweak interactions. Despite their present fame, at the time of their publication the papers went largely unnoticed. Reconstructing the historical context from which they emerged will show how, against the traditional image of theoretical physicists as “lone geniuses,” the Weinberg-Salam model actually came to be thanks to the interplay of many different actors and ideas.

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Authors & Contributors
Dombey, Norman
Zee, Anthony
Brading, Katherine
Tavel, Morton
Belot, Gordon
Kantorovich, Aharon
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics
Physics in Perspective
Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly
Metascience: An International Review Journal for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Science
Princeton University Press
Rutgers University Press
Four Walls Eight Windows
Oxford University Press
Cambridge University Press
Pavia University Press
Atomic, nuclear, and particle physics
Quantum mechanics
Philosophy of science
Theoretical physics
Einstein, Albert
Glashow, Sheldon
Salam, Abdus
Weinberg, Steven
Noether, Emmy
Weyl, Hermann
Time Periods
20th century
19th century
21st century
20th century, late
United States
Great Britain
Kaiser-Wilhelm-Institut für Chemie
Bose Research Institute (Calcutta)

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