In this lecture, Louis Armstrong's transformational Jazz, as exemplified by his signature recital of What a Wonderful World, will take us to the ever evolving World of Nuclear Physics. In particular, I will focus on the discovery of simplicities, or symmetry patterns, in complex nuclear systems. And as Jazz is to music, so too Nuclear Physics is a restless endeavor-the dissonance of forlorn flattened notes tracking with the intrigue of symmetry and its breaking in nuclei. I will also discuss some recent approaches to nuclear structure at this dawn of the 21st century, linking the intrigue of quarks and gluons with the fundamental science of the strong and weak interactions to the emergence of simplicity within complexity unveiled in atomic nuclei. © Published under licence by IOP Publishing Ltd.
Publication Source (Journal or Book title)
Journal of Physics: Conference Series
Draayer, J. (2012). What a wonderful world - Simplicity within complexity. Journal of Physics: Conference Series, 403 (1) https://doi.org/10.1088/1742-6596/403/1/012001