By Gian Francesco Giudice
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C. Tate, Continuum, New York 1983. FORC E S OF N A T U R E | 33 introduced the word electricus (from the Latin electrum, amber), while the word magneticus derives from magnitis lithos, the mineral extracted in the Greek region of Magnesia, known today as magnetite. The initial progress in the understanding of electric and magnetic properties was altogether rather slow. During the 18th century, curious machines were built to show the marvels of electricity in elegant salons and in public exhibitions.
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40 | A Z E P T O S PA C E O D Y S S E Y During physics discussions, he used to oscillate his body, as if reciting Hasidic prayers. Theoretical physicists are often ribbed for having little practical sense or ability to handle laboratory instruments. Pauli excelled as a theoretical physicist also in this respect. He was even credited with the so-called “Pauli effect”: the mysterious phenomenon according to which, as soon as he crossed the threshold of a laboratory door, instruments broke into pieces or stopped working for unknown reasons.
A Zeptospace Odyssey: A Journey into the Physics of the LHC by Gian Francesco Giudice