Stern and Gerlach: How a Bad Cigar Helped Reorient Atomic Physics

@article{Friedrich2003SternAG,
  title={Stern and Gerlach: How a Bad Cigar Helped Reorient Atomic Physics},
  author={Bretislav Friedrich and Dudley R Herschbach},
  journal={Physics Today},
  year={2003},
  volume={56},
  pages={53-59}
}
The history of the Stern–Gerlach experiment reveals how persistence, accident, and luck can sometimes combine in just the right ways. 

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