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Take a cat, a Geiger counter, a radioactive sample that has a fifty-fifty chance of decaying in an hour, some cyanide in a glass phial, and a metal box. Lock the cat into the box together with the other equipment rigged up so that if an atom of the radioactive substance decays it triggers the […]more
From a dictionary editor’s point of view, perhaps the main immediate outcome of the announcement of the discovery of the Higgs boson was the need to rework some definitions. Following the lead of physicists, the current Oxford Dictionaries definition doesn’t state definitively whether or not the particle actually exists: a subatomic particle whose existence is predicted […]more