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"Human beings hardly ever learn from the experience of others. They learn; when they do, which isn't often, on their own, the hard way."
- Robert Heinlein

Neutronium  
  Extremely dense material.  

We're going to project a fourth-order force out to grab us some dense material, a pretty close approach to pure neutronium.
From Skylark Three, by E.E. 'Doc' Smith.
Published by Amazing Stories in 1930
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Also from the novel, first published in Wonder Stories:

Ten enormous supporting forces held the lens of neutronium immovable in the exact center of the upper end; at intervals down the shaft similar forces held variously-shaped lenses and prisms formed from zones of force; in the center of the bottom or floor of the towering structure was the double controlling system, with a universal visiplate facing each operator.

Compare to impervium from Clash by Night by Lawrence O'Donnell and scrith from Ringworld by Larry Niven and ultron from Armageddon: 2149 A.D. by Philip Frances Nowlan.

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