August 12, 2011

Blast from the Past: Rutherford Gold Foil Experiment

Posted by Evelyn Mervine

I’m still super busy preparing for my move to South Africa on Monday, so here’s another quick “Blast from the Past” post to keep my blog readers entertained. Enjoy!

Normal children draw pictures of rainbows, flowers, ponies, ninjas, and so on. When I was about 10 years old, I drew these pictures of the Rutherford Gold Foil Experiment. Well, technically of the “Rutherford Expriment.” My spelling never was very good.

"Rutherford Expriment" drawing, circa 1994.Click to view larger.

Drawing of Alpha particles interacting with a gold atom, circa 1994.Click to view larger.