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What historical moment or event do you wish you could have witnessed?
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What historical moment or event do you wish you could have witnessed?
The protest of 1968 and seventies in the 20th century: in a time people walking through the streets and protesting against the cold war and fighting for changes in society in order to break through conservative common sense was and is still so unique in history.
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Rutherford splitting the atom.
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Rutherford splitting the atom.
Could it be that you are confusing some historical events? splitting atom in the sense of nuclear fission was discovered by the German chemist Otto Hahn decades later. Rutherford used an aplha particle to shoot atoms (atoms in a gold foil), and the distractions of the alpha particles - visible on a luminiscent screen - led to his conclusion that atoms must have positve particles in the center. From this day we know his discovery as Rutherford's atom model.
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Could it be that you are confusing some historical events? splitting atom in the sense of nuclear fission was discovered by the German chemist Otto Hahn decades later. Rutherford used an aplha particle to shoot atoms (atoms in a gold foil), and the distractions of the alpha particles - visible on a luminiscent screen - led to his conclusion that atoms must have positve particles in the center. From this day we know his discovery as Rutherford's atom model.
Thank you for the correction. I’m not sure where I got the idea of Rutherford from for nuclear fission.
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Thank you for the correction. I’m not sure where I got the idea of Rutherford from for nuclear fission.
Was my pleasure to correct you. If we are looking for periods with scientific breakthroughs, I would mention the beginning of 20th century when physicists - and another scientists - figured out the quantum universe.
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The protest of 1968 and seventies in the 20th century: in a time people walking through the streets and protesting against the cold war and fighting for changes in society in order to break through conservative common sense was and is still so unique in history.
I remember. I was 20 in 1968.
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Could it be that you are confusing some historical events? splitting atom in the sense of nuclear fission was discovered by the German chemist Otto Hahn decades later. Rutherford used an aplha particle to shoot atoms (atoms in a gold foil), and the distractions of the alpha particles - visible on a luminiscent screen - led to his conclusion that atoms must have positve particles in the center. From this day we know his discovery as Rutherford's atom model.
Splitting the atom has never meant achieving nuclear fission. Rutherford split the atom in 1917 by showing that the atom was not an indivisible particle.
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Splitting the atom has never meant achieving nuclear fission. Rutherford split the atom in 1917 by showing that the atom was not an indivisible particle.
The term seems to be puzzling and led to an misunderstanding. I always linked this one with nuclear fission.

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I remember. I was 20 in 1968.
A witness of this time? really? that is great. Don't you mind I ask you questions? would even send a private message, if you prefer.
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