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The Neutron: The Impact of Its Discovery and Its Uses

  • E. P. Wigner
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Part of the Historical, Philosophical, and Socio-Political Papers book series (WIGNER, volume B / 7)

Abstract

Thank you very much for the very kind introduction. It really coincides a little bit with the first sentence I wanted to say, namely, that I am no expert on history. I forget very easily very much. In particular, I completely forgot this krypton incident.

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Shell Model Physical Review Light Nucleus Nuclear Fission Energy Principle 
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