The Atom

The Atom

Amongst the mysteries of the world we occupy, is the atom.

From the earliest times this was considered the smallest particle of an element. When we zoom in technologically speaking, it appears as if that it’s not just a solid but composed of many particles.

A number of strange phenomena can be recognised inside this from an everyday human perspective. Firstly is that the atom is composed of 99.99% empty space, due to the vast distance between the nucleus and the edge of the atom as described by electron orbits. This means that you and I are 99.99% empty space despite the appearance of solidity. This is a scientific fact, not speculation. That we see and believe one thing yet what is we accept as fact is indeed very different. This should give us pause to reflect on the Reality of what we perceive and what it actually is.

Secondly is the fact that there is a strong positive charge in the nuclei in atoms. This means that two atoms can never really get too close due to extraordinary repulsion forces. In fact the whole idea of nuclear fusion is based on the premise of trying to bring together two atoms – and the enormous energy required is equivalent to what we would find in the Sun. What does this mean? That when you put your finger to a table, that in fact you have never touched that table. You merely experience extraordinary repulsion forces. Once again this is a well established scientific fact. Once again our perceptions are deceived and what we think is real is actually something else entirely.

Thirdly is that electrons don’t just travel around the nucleus. One of the lessons of quantum mechanics is that the electron indeed can appear and disappear from one location to another repeatedly when crossing the zero volume of the nucleus when describing the pi orbital. It’s well established that matter does not exist in a solid fashion as we understand it. It can even become a wave. Remember Einstein’s equation E=mc^2. He related matter (m) to the speed of light (c) as being so relatable that he put them in the same equation. What we understand as solid is not really even solid – subatomic particles are often described as being in a wave-particle duality. And as we know waves can go through things – radio waves, sound waves, even light waves in certain conditions.