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  • noun Plural form of particle.


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  • As, therefore, in the electrolytic action, _induction_ appeared to be the _first_ step, and _decomposition_ the _second_ (the power of separating these steps from each other by giving the solid or fluid condition to the electrolyte being in our hands); as the induction was the same in its nature as that through air, glass, wax, &c. produced by any of the ordinary means; and as the whole effect in the electrolyte appeared to be an action of the particles thrown into a peculiar or polarized state, I was led to suspect that common induction itself was in all cases an _action of contiguous particles_ [A], and that electrical action at a distance (i.e. ordinary inductive action) never occurred except through the influence of the intervening matter.

    Experimental Researches in Electricity, Volume 1

  • It suggests that these hard things which we call particles are considered as ontologically real because, well we consciously determine them to be.

    What’s the (Dark) Matter?

  • The wave proprieties of the electron and other particles is a guess of genius, although this idea occurred to de Broglie under the influence of Einstein's notion of photons and the equations

    Vitaly L. Ginzburg - Autobiography

  • Who can say this subtile power, residing in the points which we call particles of matter, is not spiritual in its nature?

    The Continental Monthly, Vol. 4, No. 1, July, 1863 Devoted to Literature and National Policy

  • If we take, for instance, the inertia of matter, and consider it philosophically, we can make of it nothing more than a power of resistance, or persistence, residing in certain points, which we call particles of matter.

    The Continental Monthly, Vol. 4, No. 1, July, 1863 Devoted to Literature and National Policy

  • As a result, other processes, like the diffusion of particles from a high temperature to a low temperature area, dominate.

    Boing Boing

  • Our provocative ascription of free will to elementary particles is deliberate, since our theorem asserts that if experimenters have a certain freedom, then particles have exactly the same kind of freedom.

    Boing Boing

  • It can spread in one ofthree ways: by coughing or sneezing, physical contact with broken blisters, or by virus particles from the blisters that are sprayed in the air.


  • In such a state, a particular property of both particles is indefinite, but it is guaranteed that when a measurement of that property is performed on one of the particles, the state of the entire system will collapse into one of the correlated states in the superposition, and the value of that property will become definite for both particles.

    Archive 2009-02-01

  • Without a magnetic field, all kinds of vile charged particles from the sun and outer space can reach the surface of the Earth, and wreak havoc on a perfectly good planet, not to mention ruining your summertime vacation.

    365 tomorrows » 2009 » March : A New Free Flash Fiction SciFi Story Every Day


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