did Japanese scientists transform mercury into gold in 1924?

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  • Connie
    Lv 7
    8 years ago
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    Hantaro Nagaoka (長岡 半太郎 Nagaoka Hantarō?, August 15, 1865 – December 11, 1950) was a Japanese physicist and a pioneer of Japanese physics during the early Meiji period. In 1904, Nagaoka developed an early, incorrect "planetary model" of the atom, which although faulty, arrived at two true conclusions, successfully confirmed by Rutherford.

    Nagaoka later did research in spectroscopy and other fields. In 1909, he published a paper on the inductance of solenoids. In March 1924, he described studies in which he claimed to have successfully formed a milligram of gold and some platinum from mercury.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hantaro_Nagaoka

  • 8 years ago

    It has been done actually by physicists, but only in extremely tiny amounts such as a few atoms. It would take a tremendous amount of energy in any event. So the answer would be that perhaps they did.

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  • DLM
    Lv 7
    8 years ago

    No.

    Not the planet, the Roman god, or the element.

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