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Jeans, Sir James - The Mysterious Universe - Cosmic radiation



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Sir James Jeans – The Mysterious Universe 1948

 The penetrating power of this radiation has been studied with extreme care and skill by Professor Millikan and his colleagues at Pasadena, by Professor Regener of Stuttgart and by many others.  They all find that the radiation is a mixture of photons of different masses. …

Professor Millikan in particular has suggested that cosmic radiation may originate in the process of building up heavy atoms out of simpler lighter atoms and so interprets it as evidence that ‘the creator is still on the job’

 ……. Its vast amount is explained in part by its high penetrating power, which almost endows it with immortality. 

 An average beam of the radiation travelling through space for millions of years will not encounter matter to absorb it to any appreciable extent.  Thus we must think of space as being drenched with almost all the cosmic radiation which has ever been generated since the world began.  Its rays come to us as messengers not only from the farthest depths of space, but also from the farthest depths of time.  And if we read it aright, their message seems to be that somewhere, sometime in the history of the universe, matter has been annihilated and this not in tiny, but in stupendous amounts

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