The World Within the Atom

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The World Within the Atom

Post by KirtB » Mon Jul 24, 2017 6:51 pm

The World Within the Atom, August 1959 Popular Electronics

Author Saunder Harris wrote in this 1959 edition Popular Electronics that the concept of atoms has been around for more than 2,500 years since Greek philosopher Democritus suggested that a particle existed which was basic to all matter. It has only been in the last century and a half that we have learned that even the atom itself is made up of even more basic particles - the electron, proton, and neutron (J.J. Thompson found the electron in 1897, which was postulated by G. Johnstone Stoney in 1947). It wasn't until the 1930s that even those three entities were thought to be constructed of yet more fundamental particles - quarks, bosons, and leptons. Modern science believes it has fully defined the set of subatomic particles, particularly with the Higgs boson having been finally seen in the Large Hadron Collider (well, maybe)...
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