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    The Atom

    For those of us in the UK looks like there is an interesting series of programs on the Atom coming up.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/6914175.stm

    Looks like I will have to put on my clever head for this one. Now where did I leave it?
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    that was an awesome show, its washed enough for anyone to understand but more importantly it touches on deep areas of the atom so it keeps more informed people interested i still have all 3 eps recorded on my sky+, Jim al-kalili is really good at presenting too(if only someone could teach me matrix algebra)

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    hav'nt seen any of those shows!?but does it explain how the atom got it's name or the fact that men of old spoke of it before it was ever discovered!?hehe!!...justa askn..

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atom
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    Quote Originally Posted by lexx
    hav'nt seen any of those shows!?but does it explain how the atom got it's name or the fact that men of old spoke of it before it was ever discovered!?hehe!!...justa askn..

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atom
    the first part had to do with how scientists discovered that atoms existed, then how and why they modelled the shape of the atom and how they managed to express it purely in mathematical terms. It was cool seeing all the mayor scientists of the time coming together

    the second part was all about radioactivity, how the idiots of the time used it, how the neutron was discovered ect

    the last part was wrapping it all up and talking a little about particle anti-particle pairs, quantum foam ect, basically that there are things momentarily in a vacuum

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    Quote Originally Posted by coosjoaquin
    the first part had to do with how scientists discovered that atoms existed, then how and why they modelled the shape of the atom and how they managed to express it purely in mathematical terms. It was cool seeing all the mayor scientists of the time coming together

    the second part was all about radioactivity, how the idiots of the time used it, how the neutron was discovered ect

    the last part was wrapping it all up and talking a little about particle anti-particle pairs, quantum foam ect, basically that there are things momentarily in a vacuum
    Heh, about the idiots and radioactivity. Lecturer in sub-atomic physics was saying today about some fool who wanted to know what would happen if he put his hand in front of the beam coming out of a synchrotron (not sure which one this was at)... Idiot ended up needing his hand amputed.


    (I just looked this up on the net, couldn't find which one she was referring to but there's a whole lot of people that have done this, most accidentally.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by kazza
    Heh, about the idiots and radioactivity. Lecturer in sub-atomic physics was saying today about some fool who wanted to know what would happen if he put his hand in front of the beam coming out of a synchrotron (not sure which one this was at)... Idiot ended up needing his hand amputed.


    (I just looked this up on the net, couldn't find which one she was referring to but there's a whole lot of people that have done this, most accidentally.)[
    lol then you had to see the show, they were showing actual soap mixed with uranium that the sold at victorian times

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