Carrying out research into fundamental particles Studying sub-atomic physics Advancing nuclear technology Conducting nuclear research Researching nuclear applications
Since the ancient Greek philosophers conjectured that everything is made of atoms, scientists have been struggling to identify the smallest units of matter. A century ago William Bragg pioneered the use of X-rays to look at atoms. Atomic nuclei containing protons and neutrons, with their orbiting electrons, were discovered. Today, giant accelerator machines, some larger than cities, can probe deep inside the atom. As yet there is no satisfactory understanding of the structure of the fundamental particles, known as quarks and gluons, which are known as hadronic matter and comprise most visible matter in the universe.
The Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential is a collaboration between UIA and Mankind 2000, started in 1972. It is the result of an ambitious effort to collect and present information on the problems with which humanity is confronted, as well as the challenges such problems pose to concept formation, values and development strategies. Problems included are those identified in international periodicals but especially in the documents of some 60,000 international non-profit organizations, profiled in the Yearbook of International Organizations.
The Encyclopedia includes problems which such groups choose to perceive and act upon, whether or not their existence is denied by others claiming greater expertise. Indeed such claims and counter-claims figure in many of the problem descriptions in order to reflect the often paralyzing dynamics of international debate. In the light of the interdependence demonstrated among world problems in every sector, emphasis is placed on the need for approaches which are sufficiently complex to encompass the factions, conflicts and rival worldviews that undermine collective initiative towards a promising future.
Non-profit, apolitical, independent, and non-governmental in nature, the UIA has been a pioneer in the research, monitoring and provision of information on international organizations, international associations and their global challenges since 1907.