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By Jaume Navarro

landmarks within the heritage of physics are the invention of the particulate nature of cathode rays (the electron) by means of J. J. Thomson in 1897 and the experimental demonstration through his son G. P. Thomson in 1927 that the electron indicates the homes of a wave. jointly, the Thomsons are of the main major figures in smooth physics, either successful Nobel prizes for his or her paintings. This booklet provides the highbrow biographies of the father-and-son physicists, laying off new mild on their mixed knowing of the character of electrons and, by means of extension, of the continual nature of topic. it's the first textual content to discover J. J. Thomson's early and later paintings, in addition to the function he performed in G. P. Thomson's schooling as a physicist and the way he reacted to his son's discovery of electron diffraction. This clean point of view will curiosity teachers and graduate scholars operating within the background of early twentieth-century physics.

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