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A Game With Sharpened Knives, by Neil Belton, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, €14.

23rd July, 2005

A Game With Sharpened Knives, by Neil Belton, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, €14.

Electrons sometimes behave like particles, but they also resemble waves. In 1926, the great Austrian physicist, Erwin Schrodinger, produced an equation that described the electron as a sort of wave wrapped around the nucleus of the atom.

The orbit had to be a whole number of wavelengths for the wave to fit perfectly; electrons occupy positions that depend on the number of wavelengths accommodated.

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