Murray Gell-Mann

For those of you who haven’t heard of him Murray Gell-Mann was to the forefront in the field of elementary particle Physics in the mid-twentieth century.

He died on May 24th and his Guardian obituary is here.

It was Gell-Mann who named the building blocks of hadrons as “quarks” after a sentence from James Joyce’s Finnegan’s Wake. He also dubbed the classification system for hadrons as the “eightfold way” in a nod to Buddhism.

Who says scientists aren’t widely read?

Murray Gell-Mann: 15/9/1929 – May 24/5/2019. So it goes.

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