Science: Helium the Lawbreaker

Two of the fundamental "laws" of physics are being outrageously violated in laboratories by a liquid, helium II. This is ordinary helium reduced to 2.2 degrees above absolute zero (-273.18° C or -459.72° F). And physicists discussing this remarkable substance last week were delighted, for when a field of science is wholly reduced to law, scientists lose interest in it, long for unexplained phenomena to puzzle over.

The laws broken by helium II, and not yet completely revised to accommodate its eccentric behavior, concern 1) the flow of fluids, 2) the flow of...

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