Cosmic Rays Only Thing Immortal (Jan, 1932)

Cosmic Rays Only Thing Immortal

NEITHER stars nor worlds, sunlight or heavens, can science admit to be eternal. Only one thing known to science can be called immortal—the cosmic rays investigated, among others, by the famous California physicist, Dr. R. A. Millikan. These rays may even be relics of days before there existed any universe as we know it now.

4 comments
  1. KD5ZS says: March 25, 20109:42 am

    Before the big bang?

  2. Daniel Rutter says: March 25, 20102:28 pm

    Robert Andrews Millikan…
    http://en.wikipedia.org…
    …won the 1923 Nobel Prize for Physics for his work on determining the charge on the electron.

    In later life, like some other elderly scientists, he went a bit strange, and decided that cosmic rays were (a) photons and (b) the “birth cries of atoms…
    http://en.wikipedia.org…
    …produced when new atoms are brought into existence by God, to keep the universe going forever.

    Evidence of God’s atomic production line remains lacking. We also have solid evidence that cosmic rays are charged particles, not photons.

  3. Firebrand38 says: March 25, 20102:51 pm

    Daniel Rutter: That and they gave the Fantastic Four their powers

    All kidding aside those were some excellent links. Just as in the case with Shockley a Nobel Prize doesn’t mean someone is an all around genius. I mean, arguing for the ether and throwing down with Einstein over the photoelectric effect? And of course he was into eugenics!

  4. Toronto says: March 25, 20103:43 pm

    They’re mostly protons, with some gamma photons thrown in.

    “And neutrons at no charge…”

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