from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Fermi, Enrico 1901-1954. Italian-born American physicist. He won a 1938 Nobel Prize for his work on artificial radioactivity caused by neutron bombardment. In 1942, at the University of Chicago, he produced the first controlled nuclear chain reaction.

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  • proper n. A surname.
  • proper n. The physicist Enrico Fermi.

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  • n. Italian nuclear physicist (in the United States after 1939) who worked on artificial radioactivity caused by neutron bombardment and who headed the group that in 1942 produced the first controlled nuclear reaction (1901-1954)
  • n. a metric unit of length equal to one quadrillionth of a meter


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  • And that there has been no scientifically proven evidence is known as Fermi's Paradox.

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  • These types of calculation are often known as Fermi problems after Italian-American physicist Enrico Fermi, who was famous for his ability to make top-of-the-head estimates that turned out to be surprisingly close to reality.

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  • Fermi is located more than 2220 lightyears from the center of the galaxy.

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  • In 1938, once again Fermi found himself in a field where the general outlines had been cleared.

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  • As the delays for the GF100 architecture, aka Fermi aka GT300 (a LONG time ago), piled up, it became clear that NVIDIA didn't have the 100% winning design on their hands and they were being forced to make good with what they had.

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  • Nvidia has shown off playback of AVC-MVC 3D content, the codec expected to become the foundation for 3D Blu-ray, using current GeForce CPUs, while its "Fermi" - based GPUs, due in Q1

  • The supercomputer will first be developed using Nvidia's current discrete graphics processor, called Fermi, Mr. Scott said.

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  • Maria Spiropulu of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena called the Fermi results -- which you can be utterly confused by here -- "inexplicable," while Fermilab's Joe Lykken went for a modest metaphysical hope: "I would not say that this announcement is the equivalent of seeing the face of God, but it might turn out to be the toe of God."

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  • In 1926, Fermi discovered the statistical laws, now called Fermi-Dirac statistics, that govern the particles subject to the Pauli exclusion principle; such particles are called 'fermions' in Fermi's honor.

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  • GLAST (now called Fermi) is airborne, and actively collecting data, and will make a gorgeous map of the gamma-ray sky.

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