Monday, April 11, 2011

The Crispin Glover of subatomic particles

"The top quark is 40 times heavier than the next biggest quark, and is as heavy as an entire gold atom. It doesn't normally exist in the Universe. However, top quarks can be created by high energy collisions inside particle accelerators, where they are briefly impressive, but then become wildly unstable and disappear. In this respect, top quarks are the Crispin Glover of subatomic particles."
(Oct. 25, 2006, Drew Olbrich, Cool Science Facts)

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