Unformatted text preview: Note-A-Rific: Revolution End of the 19 th Century: Before the Revolution At the end of the 1800s, physicists looked back at a period of 300 years of great growth… • Newton had explained the motion of objects here on earth (and in the heavens). • Maxwell had put together electricity and magnetism in his work on electromagnetic radiation. • Millikan had determined the charge on electrons. • Thomson had figured out the mass of atomic particles. Altogether, most physicists believed that they had pretty much figured out the whole universe! They were willing to admit that there were still a few questions, but for the most part they were sure they could answer those problems based on what was already known. It was felt that it was only a matter of time (and not much time) before it would all be cleared up… right? Wrong. Instead, physicists were on the verge of the greatest scientific revolution since Newton was “occasioned by the falling of an apple” (you know, all that gravity and three laws of...
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This note was uploaded on 02/29/2012 for the course PHYS 227 taught by Professor Rabe during the Fall '08 term at Rutgers.
- Fall '08