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'The most important fundamental laws and facts of physical science have all been discovered, and these are now so firmly established that the possibility of their ever being supplemented by new discoveries is exceedingly remote.' Albert Michelson

  • 1887 Albert Michelson the famous Michelson-Morley experiment, generally considered to be the first strong evidence against the theory of a luminiferous aether.
    'On the Relative Motion of the Earth and the Luminiferous Ether' (with Edward W. Morley)
    American Journal of Science, vol. 203, p336-345 (1887).
  • 'Could anything at first sight seem more impractical than a body which is so small that its mass is an insignificant fraction of the mass of an atom of hydrogen?' Joseph John Thomson

  • 1897 Joseph John Thomson discovers the electron.
    'Cathode Rays'
    Philosophical Magazine, vol. 44, p293 (1897).
  • 1932 James Chadwick discovers the neutron.
    'The Existence of a Neutron'
    Proc. Royal Society, A, vol. 136, p692-708 (1932).
  • 1933 Carl Anderson the existance of the positron was confirmed experimentally.
    'The Positive Electron'
    Physical Review, vol. 43, p491 (1933).
  • 1939 Otto Hahn and Fritz Strassmann announce the discovery of fission.
    'Concerning the Existence of Alkaline Earth Metals Resulting from Neutron Irradiation of Uranium1'
    Die Naturwissenschaften, vol. 27, p11-15 (1939).
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