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By Joao Magueijo

At the evening of March 26, 1938, nuclear physicist Ettore Majorana boarded a boat, funds and passport in hand. He was once by no means obvious back. In A marvelous Darkness, theoretical physicist João Magueijo tells the tale of Majorana and his examine staff, “the through Panisperna Boys,” who chanced on atomic fission in 1934. As Majorana, the main amazing of the crowd, started to discover the consequences of what that they had came upon, he turned more and more volatile. Did he dedicate suicide that evening in Palermo? used to be he abducted? Did he level his personal death?
A remarkable Darkness chronicles Majorana’s valuable contributions to science—including his significant discovery, the Majorana neutrino—while revealing the reality at the back of his interesting and tragic lifestyles.

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The human skull is a strong resister, comparable to the silicon used in electronics, and the threshold to elicit a grand mal seizure can vary as much as fivefold between different individuals because of the electrical particularities of the brain and scalp. For the first forty years of the therapy there were also great variations in the equipment used to provide the electricity: some used a mains-generated sine wave of alternating current, minimally modified from the wall socket, while others provided a brief train of DC pulses.

If you are sitting reading this in the sunshine, the photons reaching your retina were born, just eight and a half minutes ago, through nuclear fusion in the core of the sun. Five minutes ago they were streaking past the orbit of Mercury; two and a half minutes ago they outran Venus. Those not intercepted by the earth will pass the orbit of Mars in about four minutes’ time, and Saturn in just over an hour. After this journey across space, and in unchanging time (because, as Einstein figured out, moving at the speed of light brings time to a standstill), the sun’s white light envelops the world around us and breaks into a multicolored scatter.

Wanting to understand more, I turned to a book on the subject by John Berger, who had his cataracts removed in 2010. Berger has spent his life thinking about seeing. Here is his description of lying on grass looking up at a tree, from an essay published in 1960, when he was thirty-four: “The image of the pattern of the leaves remains for a moment before it fades, imprinted on your retina, but now deep red, the color of the darkest rhododendron. ” In 1972 he had collaborated with four others – Sven Blomberg, Chris Fox, Michael Dibb and Richard Hollis – to produce a new kind of book, an extraordinary fusion of literature and visual art: Ways of Seeing.

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