Heike Kamerlingh Onnes

Kamerlingh Onnes was born in Groningen, Netherlands to father, Harm Kamerlingh Onnes a brickworks owner and mother, Anna Gerdina Coers from Arnhem. Continue reading

Mercury a Superconductor?

In 1911, Heike Kamerlingh Onnes, Dutch physicist and Director at the University of Leiden’s Cryogenic Laboratory, discovered that if you cool mercury Continue reading

Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen

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Discovery of X-rays

Inadvertently on November 8, 1895, Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen, a professor of physics and rector of the Julius Maximilian University of Wiirzburg, Germany, discovered the X-rays. Continue reading

Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein (/ˈaɪnstaɪn/; German: [ˈalbɛɐ̯t ˈaɪnʃtaɪn]; 14 March 1879 – 18 April 1955) was a German-born theoretical physicist. He developed the theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics (alongside quantum mechanics). Einstein’s work is also known for its influence on the philosophy of science. Einstein is best known by the general public for his mass–energy equivalence formula E = mc2 (which has been dubbed “the world’s most famous equation”). He received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics “for his services to theoretical physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect”, a pivotal step in the evolution of quantum theory.

Near the beginning of his career, Einstein thought that Newtonian mechanics was no longer enough to reconcile the laws of classical mechanics with the laws of the electromagnetic field. This led him to develop his special theory of relativity during his time at the Swiss Patent Office in Bern (1902–1909), Switzerland. He realized, however, that the principle of relativity could also be extended to gravitational fields, and with his subsequent theory of gravitation in 1916, he published a paper on general relativity. He continued to deal with problems of statistical mechanics and quantum theory, which led to his explanations of particle theory and the motion of molecules. He also investigated the thermal properties of light which laid the foundation of the photon theory of light. In 1917, Einstein applied the general theory of relativity to model the large-scale structure of the universe.

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Albert Einstein

Name(s):
      Albert Einstein
Occupation:
      Theoretical Physicist
Birth:
      March 14, 1879, Ulm, Germany
Death:
      April 18, 1955, Princeton, New Jersey, United States
Spouse:
      Elsa Einstein (m. 1919–1936), Mileva Marić (m. 1903–1919)
Children:
      Eduard Einstein, Lieserl Einstein, Hans Albert Einstein

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Quotes:

Imagination is more important than knowledge.

The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.

Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.

Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.

Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.

No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.

Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.

I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.


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Scientific proof of the general theory of relativity

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Hideki Yukawa

He was born as Hideki Ogawa in Tokyo and grew up in Kyoto with two older brothers, two older sisters, and two younger brothers. Continue reading

Prediction of the existence of Mesons

Japanese physicist Yukawa Hideki was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1949. For his prediction of the existence of mesons that was made in 1935, during his lecturer at Osaka Imperial University in Osaka, Japan. He postulated a particle that mediated the strong interaction between nucleons (the particles of the atomic nucleus).

This particle, the “pi meson” or “pion”, was finally discovered in 1947.

Several other types of mesons of varying mass have been found; the first being observed in cosmic ray interactions in 1937 by American scientists.

Date:
      1935
Name(s):
      Yukawa Hideki
Occupation:
      Physicist


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  • Meson – Wikipedia
    In particle physics, mesons (/ˈmiːzɒnz/ or /ˈmɛzɒnz/) are hadronic subatomic particles composed of one quark and one antiquark, bound together by the strong interaction.
  • List of mesons – Wikipedia
    Mesons are unstable subatomic particles composed of one quark and one antiquark. They are part of the hadron particle family – particles made of quarks.
  • What’s the reason behind the existence of mesons? | Physics Forums …
    I’ve read that mesons consist of a quark and an antiquark. So, here’s my question. Why don’t the quark and the anti-quark annihilate with each other (like they ususally do)?
  • meson | subatomic particle | Britannica.com
    Meson, any member of a family of subatomic particles composed of a quark and an antiquark. Mesons are sensitive to the strong force, the fundamental interaction that binds the components of the nucleus by governing the behaviour of their constituent quarks.
  • Hadrons, baryons, mesons – HyperPhysics Concepts
    Mesons are intermediate mass particles which are made up of a quark-antiquark pair.

First Pugwash Conference held in Canada

Pugwash Conference on Science and World Affairs, an international conference of Atomic Scientists was first held at the estate of the American Philanthropist by the name of Cyrus Eaton, located in the village of Pugwash, Nova Scotia, Canada. Continue reading

Hideki Yukawa, first Asian to receive Nobel Prize in Physics

First Asian presented the Nobel Prize in Physics was in 1949

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