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## The Rule of Three Proved By Physicists80

An anonymous reader writes "In 1970, Russian physicist Vitaly Efimov developed mathematical proof (PDF) that any three-particle substance, referred to as a trimer, will scale up or down in size by a factor of 22.7 and that if the particles are not all of the same type, 'the scaling factor of 22.7 decreases according to the particles' relative masses.' In 2006, physicists in Austria proved that Efimov's trimers can be created in laser-cooled environments. And now, in 2014, physicists in Austria, Germany, and the U.S. have physical proof that Efimov's trimers do indeed scale by a factor of 22.7 if they are comprised of the same particles or a lower ratio relative to their particles' masses if they are comprised of a mixture of different particles (abstract 1, abstract 2, abstract 3). 22.7 — a.k.a., the rule of three — now appears to be as significant as pi."
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## The Rule of Three Proved By Physicists

• #### Sometimes it's annoying when there is (Score:5, Funny)

on Wednesday May 28, 2014 @03:16AM (#47106005)
left out
• #### Re:Even more amazing (Score:5, Funny)

on Wednesday May 28, 2014 @03:53AM (#47106143) Homepage
The volume of a pizza of radius z and height a is pi*z*z*a.
• #### Re:Cue the flood of numerologists ... (Score:5, Funny)

on Wednesday May 28, 2014 @06:40AM (#47106777)
Yes, and 22+7 is exactly equal to the number of days in a month (+ or - 2 days).
• #### Re: Pi? (Score:0, Funny)

by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 28, 2014 @06:56AM (#47106875)

The adorable thing about people with Asperger is that they really think they've made a contribution when they state the obvious. (This is offset by how angry they get when they don't understand something and have a tantrum over how WRONG others must be.)

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