Podcast

Seemingly Unsolvable Mysteries

November 30, 2011
For over 40 years after superconductivity was discovered, scientists wondered if they would ever find the theory behind it. Then suddenly, this seemingly unsolvable mystery was cracked wide open. Leon N Cooper, one of the physicists who won the Nobel Prize for the theory of superconductivity gave a talk emphasizing that we not give up on seemingly unsolvable questions too quickly, and cited many other examples of "unsolvable" mysteries that physics has managed to illuminate.