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ERIC Number: EJ1168806
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-May
Pages: 10
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ISSN: ISSN-0031-9120
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"Rutherford's Experiment" on Alpha Particles Scattering: The Experiment That Never Was
Leone, M.; Robotti, N.; Verna, G.
Physics Education, v53 n3 Article 035003 May 2018
The so-called "Rutherford's experiment," as it is outlined in many physics textbooks, is a case in point of the flaws around the history at the educational level of one of the decisive event of modern physics: the discovery that the atom has a nucleus. This paper shows that this alleged experiment is a very approximate and very partial synthesis of a series of different particle scattering experiments, starting with that carried out by Rutherford in 1906 and ending with Geiger and Marsden's 1913 experiments.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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