18 April, 2011

Neutrons could test Newton's gravity and string theory

Lively District Secondary School
Mr. Tom Corrigan was my Physics teacher in high school. He was one of a few teachers during that phase of my life who planted within me a life-long interest in a subject... a gift I will always be grateful to him for. Even though I didn't choose that discipline as a career (never good enough at the math) I'm always on the search for any articles from the field. Science texts also have always figured prominently among my reading materials throughout the years.


As dedicated as I am to serve and worship the God who created all that exists, I've had a concomitant zeal for learning how creation works. Rather than serving to diminish my belief in a super-natural creator, I've found the laws and patterns that exist within creation a wondrous testimony to the exquisite beauty of his handiwork. 


If you share this passion, here are a few other articles on this same subject from the past couple of years. Enjoy!




http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8081058.stm

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8570836.stm

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8363934.stm

BBC News - Neutrons could test Newton's gravity and string theory

2 comments:

  1. They could have done this experiment down the road from you at the NRU reactor at Chalk River. When it's working it's one of the best sources for thermal neutrons around, although not down to 5 meters a second. The original paper is 10 years old. A more recent version is here
    http://nvl.nist.gov/pub/nistpubs/jres/110/3/j110-3nes1.pdf But the recent Nature paper is behind a paywall.

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  2. Michael: As much as I love physics, I always hated formulas such as grace page 265 of the article. I know that mathematics is a language unto itself, but its incomprehensible to anyone lacking a math or science degree.

    Learning French in my 40's was a snap compared to the confusion such formula create in my brain. My head hurts just thinking about it.

    Fr. Tim

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