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It was also about to be replaced—not by a more accurate model, but by one that was much easier for scientists to understand and use. H. Hardy, in his book, A Mathematician’s Apology. 2 This is an example of a 3x3 matrix. Building a Sound Foundation 63 same limitation is said to apply to theoretical physicists, too. Highpowered mental activities, such as mathematics and physics, are a young man’s game. If you have not made your big breakthrough before age 30, it just might not happen. After all, Einstein was in his mid-20s when he revolutionized physics in 1905.

Thomson’s plum pudding model of an atom. The task was tedious: count the number of glows (called scintillations) and note where on the detector they occurred. Rutherford assigned a student named Ernest Marsden to carry out this boring chore. After observing thousands of scintillations, Marsden reported that some of the particles had been deflected by large amounts, and a few had bounced directly back toward the source of the radiation. ” Clearly, gold atoms contained something more massive than electrons in a pudding.


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