Top 10 scientific supers

By Tom Siegfried, 18:00 PM October 24, 2013

Scientists typically coin new terms by cobbling prefixes or suffixes on to old ones; for dramatizing a new label, the prefix of choice is usually "super-." Supersymmetry is just one of many such supercoinages that have appeared over the last century or so.

10. Supersonic: Ernst Mach, 1887
Apparently, supersonic was originally used to denote sound at frequencies too high for human ears to hear, but today that term is ultrasonic. So that complicates the history of the word. But the seminal scient...

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