Moments of Discovery tells the story of three scientific discoveries in the scientists' own words. You can read the text and hear their actual voices.

The Discovery of Fission

The Discovery of Fission was a momentous and complex sequence of events where many famous scientists interacted with each other and the world at large.

A Pulsar Discovery

A Pulsar Discovery shows the work of a few scientists on a much finer, more personal scale, following moment by moment as an important discovery unfolded.


Superconductivity probes the ways of modern theorists in a story of three people collaborating to solve a famous problem (and win a Nobel Prize).

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About the Superconductivity exhibit Other History of Science Exhibits

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Moments of Discovery is produced by the Center for History of Physics