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I knew I had written neutrinos somewhere. I meant neutrons. Brain disconnect.

Good thing I am writing under a pseudonyme or my physics courses might be retroactively failed.

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by A swedish kind of death on Thu Dec 8th, 2011 at 03:27:13 AM EST
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From 30 Years that Shook Physics by George Gamow:
The point is that Pauli called his protegé neutron which was all right since the particle called "neutron" today (the chargeless proton) had not yet been discovered. However, that name was not "copyrighted" since it was only used in private conversations and correspondence and never in print.  When, in 1932, James Chadwick proved the existence of a chargeless particle with a mass closely equal to that of a proton, he called it neutron in his paper in the Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. When Fermi, still being a professor in Rome, reported Chadwick's discovery at the weekly physics seminar, somebody from the audience asked whether "Chadwick's neutron" was the same as "Pauli's neutron". "No" answered Fermi (naturally speaking in Italian), "i neutroni di Chadwick sono grandi e pesanti, I neutroni di Pauli sono piccoli e leggeri, essi debbono essere chiamati neutrino".
(Gawd, isn't Google Books wondrous)

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Dec 8th, 2011 at 03:52:46 AM EST
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A swedish kind of death isn't your real name?

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin
by Crazy Horse on Thu Dec 8th, 2011 at 04:47:14 AM EST
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On Internet, nobody knows you're not a horse.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Dec 8th, 2011 at 05:23:05 AM EST
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That's how we crazy one-horn goats keep our cover.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin
by Crazy Horse on Thu Dec 8th, 2011 at 07:44:35 AM EST
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