Monday, January 9, 2012
Mme. Wu on the front page!
My linocut portrait of Chien-Shiung Wu (1912-1997, Chinese-born American physicist, whose nicknames included the “First Lady of Physics”, “Chinese Marie Curie,” and “Madame Wu”) and the violation of the conservation of parity was on Etsy's front page last night.
This morning I got a note from a fellow Etsian thanking me for the information on Mme. Wu, because several members of her family had been involved in the Manhattan Project, and were basically unremembered beyond their family. It's very interesting to to hear a personal argument for the promoting the history of physics. I'm used to thinking about it more in terms of increasing general knowledge of physics or dispelling some myths about its history.