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Scientists Disprove Age-Old Notion Of Particle Packing; Proposed Alternative Could Yield New Approaches To Materials Science

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March 7, 2000
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Princeton scientists have toppled the standard way of thinking about a problem that has engrossed mathematicians since biblical times: how spheres, whether oranges or molecules, stack up when poured randomly into a vessel. The scientists believe that their proposed alternative solution, in addition to fundamentally shifting the theoretical landscape in the field, may one day have important implications in the design and testing of new chemicals and materials.

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Princeton scientists have toppled the standard way of thinking about a problem that has engrossed mathematicians since biblical times: how spheres, whether oranges or molecules, stack up when poured randomly into a vessel.


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Princeton University. (2000, March 7). Scientists Disprove Age-Old Notion Of Particle Packing; Proposed Alternative Could Yield New Approaches To Materials Science. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 23, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/03/000307091102.htm
Princeton University. "Scientists Disprove Age-Old Notion Of Particle Packing; Proposed Alternative Could Yield New Approaches To Materials Science." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/03/000307091102.htm (accessed April 23, 2014).

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