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Introduction to Elementary Particle Physics, Second Edition by Alessandro Bettini

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Appendix 6 Experimental and theoretical discoveries in particle physics

This table gives a hint on the historical development of particle physics. However, the discoveries are rarely due to a single person and never happen instantaneously. The dates indicate the year of the most relevant publication(s), the names are those of the main contributors.

1896

H. Bequerel    discovery of the particle radiation (radioactivity)

1897

J. J. Thomson    discovery of the electron

1912

V. Hess    discovery of the cosmic rays

C. T. R. Wilson    cloud chamber

1924

S. N. Bose    Quantum statistics – integer spins

1926

E. Fermi    Quantum statistics – half-integer spins

1928

P. A. M. Dirac    relativistic wave equation for the electron

H. Geiger    Geiger counter

1929

E. Hubble    expansion ...

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