It was the heady days of the early 1900s, and radiation was all the rage. Researchers had just found a kind of radiation called "beta decay," and they discovered that it did something that seemed to smash one of the basic tenets of physics. Here's how the lowly neutrino saved the entire field.
Wolfgang Pauli, famous now for the Pauli Exclusion Principle, was once an idealistic young scientist going through a rough patch. This rough patch included a tempestuous marriage that resulted in a lot of heartbreak, and one of the famous lines in science history.
Like branches of the military, branches of science are known to have a mostly good-natured rivalry with each other. Chemists will take jabs at physicists, who will scoff at biologists, who will laugh at chemists. Even different sectors of the same science will have a bit of an antagonist relationship, with physics…