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Faulty Particle Infographics - Do Not Distribute!

Posted April 14, 2013 10:35 AM

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Pictures showing the structure of matter and the organization of subatomic particles in different categories abound. Indeed, cataloging and classifying entities subject of study is a powerful means of grasping their essence and infer their properties. The most striking example I can offer is the Mendeleev table of elements (which allowed its creator to spectacularly deduce the existence of elements not yet discovered); but there are many others, like the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram of star classification, or the one for galaxies, or the cataloging of animal species...

So I am all for nice, tidy graphs of that kind. But they need to be correct! If one makes logical errors in their construction they become very deceiving, as the example below shows. I picked it from Facebook, allegedly coming from the page "Cosmology, Relativity, and Quantum Mechanics".

Can you see what is wrong ? Actually, there are several things that I find disturbing, not just one...

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04/14/2013 10:41 AM

The colors are all wrong ?

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04/14/2013 12:24 PM

They left out Klingons and romulans.

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04/14/2013 3:05 PM

They left out Klingons and romulans.

And a particular Ferengi bar tender.

Also, what's all this about a new particle called 'etc'?

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04/14/2013 12:34 PM

I see a link to Facebook which to me is disturbing enough for me to doubt validity of most everything thats presented there.

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04/15/2013 9:05 AM

Looks like we've regressed to the Bohr model again, with a few extra particles that model didn't mention. That's what I was taught in high school in the early 1960's.

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04/15/2013 12:56 PM

None of the objects, if that word can even be used to describe these phenomena, are shiny marbles. These should all be depicted as waves. Or strings. Or something.

Also, keep these away from infants as they may present a choking hazard. And don't let your infants play with the plastic bag they came in.

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04/15/2013 5:24 PM

Well somebody's missing some marbles....er somethin'...

I would like to submit this marble as the Higgs boson model....

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04/16/2013 4:18 AM

Thats Marbulous!

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04/16/2013 4:17 AM

The Etcetera particle exists two times in between space, which is contradicting the existence of Facebook which is totally time dependend and has no space at all.

They don't have all their marbles alright!

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