Catch up on stories from the past week (and beyond) at the Slashdot story archive

 



Forgot your password?
typodupeerror

Slashdot videos: Now with more Slashdot!

  • View

  • Discuss

  • Share

We've improved Slashdot's video section; now you can view our video interviews, product close-ups and site visits with all the usual Slashdot options to comment, share, etc. No more walled garden! It's a work in progress -- we hope you'll check it out (Learn more about the recent updates).

×

+ - The Rule of Three Proved by Physicists 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "In 1970, Russian physicist Vitaly Efimov developed mathematical proof 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. 22.7 — a.k.a., the rule of three — now appears to be as significant as pi."
This discussion was created for logged-in users only, but now has been archived. No new comments can be posted.

The Rule of Three Proved by Physicists

Comments Filter:
  • This is officially the weirdest and most awesome thing I've seen this week. It's hard to wrap your brain around until you read the article, but it looks like there's pretty solid observations about this.

Never worry about theory as long as the machinery does what it's supposed to do. -- R. A. Heinlein

Working...