How do scientists decide whether an element particle has mass or not? How do they measure the mass and with what kind of equipment do they achieve that?
We invite you to explore the history of our department and its contributions to physics research and education. The links to the right present a decade-by-decade "time capsule" of critical research breakthroughs, innovations in teaching and learning, and events that shaped the culture of physics at Illinois. You'll become acquainted with the physicists who defined the "Urbana spirit" while making seminal discoveries that changed the world.
For questions about these pages, contact Celia Elliott (217.244.7725), the unofficial Physics archivist. A limited number of Professor Lazarus's excellent monograph, The Loomis Legacy, and Dedication of the Loomis Laboratory of Physics, which contains much of Professor Almy's Century of Physics, are available; write to Celia if you would like a copy.
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