James Joyce’s Contribution To Theoretical Physics

17 Words Invented By James Joyce | Paul Anthony Jones

Quark

Quarks are subatomic particles considered one of the building blocks of all matter. They were discovered in the 1960s by the US physicist Murray Gell-Mann, who originally called them quorks until he came across a bizarre line in Joyce’ Finnegan’s Wake: “Three quarks for Muster Mark!” Noting that quarks can cluster together in threes to form other subatomic particles called baryons, Gell-Mann changed the name from quork to quark and credited Joyce with the name.

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