A little quote

30 Jan

This was too good not to share. From my astronomy book.

“You may wonder why electrical repulsion doesn’t cause the positively charged protons in a nucleus to fly apart from one another. The answer is that an even stronger force, called the strong force, overcomes electrical repulsion and holds the nucleus together.”

I just like that the proper science-y term for it is “strong force.” That’s great. That’s like if they’d called that huge ball that all the planets orbit “big bright thing.”

You get the feeling that the strong force was probably named on a Friday afternoon, just before quitting time. “What do we call this then? Ah screw it. It’s a STRONG FORCE. I’m going home.”

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Posted by on January 30, 2010 in Uncategorized


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