Madam Chien Shiung Wu, 20th-century physicist, passed away in February 1997. Born in 1912, she became a renowned scientific figure in the second half of the century. In August 1997, scientists from around the globe gathered in Nanjing, where Madam Wu spent much of her youth, to celebrate her achievements. This volume constitutes the proceedings of the conference. The main advances in fundamental symmetry, nuclear and particle physics since symmetry breaking and the prospects at the turn of the century are addressed. The historical developments of the beta-decay mechanism, vector current conservation, parity, charge conjugation and time reversal nonconservation are depicted by Madam Wu's close friends, including several Nobel laureates.
Part 1 Fundamental symmetry: hunting for direct CP violation in Strange-Baryon decays, K.B. Luk; fundamental symmetries in non-ieptonic nucleon-nucleon interaction, J. Rikovska; new domains of exotic atom spectroscopy - metastable antiprotonic helium atomcules and deeply bound pionic atoms, T. Yamazaki; search for non-standard time-reversal violation in the beta decay of the Kaon, P. Depommier. Part 2 Nuclear physics: extension of the periodic system of elements and the structure of the vacuum, W. Greiner; non-perturbative Hamiltonian approaches to strong interaction physics, J.P. Vary et al; beta-decay matrix elements from the study of asymmetric emission from polarized nuclei - gamma tagging - a new method for complex beta decay, N.J. Stone. Part 3 High energy physics: the LHC project and the ATLAS experiment, P. Jenni; from symmetry violation to dynamics - the charm window, J.A. Appel; searches for stangelets at the BNAL-AGS with the E864 spectrometer, H.Z. Huang. Part 4 General physics: neutrino physics at nuclear energies, R.L. Moessbauer; muonium, V. Hughes; quantum electrodynamics and helium - some lessons for nuclear and particle physics, J. Sucher. Part 5 Reminiscence: some recollections of C.S. Wu at UCB, 1936-1937, and Columbia University, 1951, W.E. Lamb Jr; a week in the life of C.S. Wu, L.M. Lederman; in memory of Chien Shiung Wu, J.W. Cronin. (Part contents)