I was reading a story in the Washington Post this morning on Brookhaven National Laboratory’s Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider and came across this line:
Did the author really mean to write that? Are nuclei really moving at 99.95 times the speed of light? Or did the reporter mean to say 99.95 percent the speed of light? If it’s the former, I guess I’m fundamentally confused about physics.
If anyone’s interested, the story can be found at http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/feed/a53037-1999sep13.htm
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