By Jaume Navarro

landmarks within the background 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 by means of his son G. P. Thomson in 1927 that the electron shows the houses of a wave. jointly, the Thomsons are of the main major figures in glossy physics, either successful Nobel prizes for his or her paintings. This booklet offers the highbrow biographies of the father-and-son physicists, laying off new mild on their mixed realizing of the character of electrons and, via extension, of the continual nature of subject. it's the first textual content to discover J. J. Thomson's early and later paintings, in addition to the position 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 historical past of early twentieth-century physics.

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