Unformatted text preview: He hurried to Cambridge as soon as was feasible and arranged a meeting. Thomson was cordial and showed some interest in the young man's work. Language barriers made their communication difficult, and Bohr tried to capture the revered man's attention by immediately pointing to some errors he'd found in Thomson's work. While this may or may not have changed Thomson's attitude, Bohr later recalled and joked about his naiveté. Bohr presented Thomson with his dissertation, and Thomson gave him some preliminary guidance on experiments to be carried out. Not long after, Bohr saw that his work was not showing much promise, and he found out that Thomson had still not read his paper. While working with Thompson, Bohr had the chance to hear Ernest Rutherford speak. Rutherford had recently become famous with his 1911 discovery of the atom's nucleus. For years, Rutherford had been shooting alpha particles at different targets, in order to...
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This note was uploaded on 12/12/2011 for the course HIST 1320 taught by Professor Murphy during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.
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