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By Joao Magueijo

ISBN-10: 0465009034

ISBN-13: 9780465009039

At the evening of March 26, 1938, nuclear physicist Ettore Majorana boarded a boat, funds and passport in hand. He used to be by no means visible back. In A great Darkness, theoretical physicist João Magueijo tells the tale of Majorana and his study workforce, “the through Panisperna Boys,” who stumbled on atomic fission in 1934. As Majorana, the main awesome of the gang, started to detect the results of what they'd chanced on, he grew to become more and more volatile. Did he dedicate suicide that evening in Palermo? was once he abducted? Did he degree his personal death?
A extraordinary Darkness chronicles Majorana’s helpful contributions to science—including his significant discovery, the Majorana neutrino—while revealing the reality at the back of his interesting and tragic lifestyles.

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The servers were dressed as footmen, the one standing behind the queen sporting an enormous feather projecting far above his head. This tradition was evidently started by an earlier king so that he could immediately find the queen in a crowded reception. My dinner companions were the Swedish foreign minister, Lena Hjelm-Wallen, on one side and Princess Lillian of Sweden on the other. Princess Lillian, the wife of the king’s popular uncle, Prince Bertil, was born in Swansea, Wales, and is greatly loved in Sweden.

Then back to the palace with a police escort and flashing blue lights, followed by a quick dash up the stairs to be the last arrivals. We crept in to our correct place in the reception line: protocol requires that the medicine laureates and their spouses are behind the chemists, but preceding the literature laureate. Our escapade was an amusing diversion for the rather shy Polish poet Wislawa Zymborska. On the other hand, it taught me that members of the Nobel Foundation, like the Swedish people, are quite unflappable.

Visiting them is an experience that both children and adults can enjoy greatly, as we did when we lived in Philadelphia—our kids had a great time in the Saturday morning science program at the venerable Franklin Institute. Increasingly, as is already 37 The Beginner’s Guide to Winning the Nobel Prize the case with the Nobel e-museum, it will be possible to visit on the Web reconstructions of some of the experiments that led to major discoveries. In general, scientists need to develop a better understanding of how to communicate with both the general public and with political leaders.

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