NTU's Physics Department Held Premiere Showing of the Documentary Film "Cracking the Atomic Nucleus"
The Physics Department of NTU held the press conference for the premiere of the documentary "Cracking the Atomic Nucleus" on October 10th. This film covers a span of several decades , recording glorious memories from the Japanese Occupation to post-Restoration Taiwan, and relates the story of how a dismantled laboratory gave rise to two new research teams whose members toiled together to bring about a scientific breakthrough. In 2004, under the leadership of department head Professor Chang Ching-Ray, the Physics Department decided to reinstate the "Atomic Nucleus Laboratory" that was once at the forefront of physics experimentation in Taiwan. Giving the new entity the title "NTU Heritage Hall of Nuclear Physics," the department seeks to show the public the spirit of pursuing scientific truth that has been handed down from generation to generation, from the research team led by Professor Hsu Yuin-Chi to the newly reconstructed team, from the hard-boiled, wrinkled hands of the old technicians to the young students toiling to scrub the dusty accelerators. The documentary displays the revolutionary camaraderie that was engendered through generations of research members working together day and night to assemble the accelerators. It also documents how the NTU team spared no efforts in their quest for the source of Asian nuclear physics. They even went to Japan to trace the footsteps of the Japanese pioneer in nuclear physics, the Bunraku Arakatsu laboratory that was involved in the development of the atomic bomb during the Second World War.