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The Curious Wavefunction

Ernest Rutherford, master of simplicity

Ernest Rutherford, emperor of the atomic domain (Image: Wikipedia Commons)

It’s Ernest Rutherford’s birthday today. Along with Michael Faraday, Rutherford was the greatest experimentalist in modern history and the twentieth century’s experimental counterpart to Einstein. Rutherford stands out because he defies the traditional notion of genius. He was a gruff, plain spoken man with a booming voice who came from simple farming roots. He had [...]

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