Our Knowledge of Matter and Energy

We like to think that we know what “elementary particles” are made of, but in fact, while we may know some things about their behavior or interaction with other particles, we know little about their fundamental nature. Here are some of the things we know:

  • Sometimes they act like waves and sometimes they act like particles
  • There is far more empty space inside atoms than the portion of them we consider to be “particles” but field interactions make them act as though they are “solid”
  • The progression of science has repeatedly tried to define an “indivisible” and “fundamental” particle (like the atom), only to later redefine it as composed of even smaller particles (protons, neutrons, electrons) which are considered to be fundamental, until the process continues (quarks)
  • We understand that particles have a characteristic we call “mass” and that it “bends” space, but we struggle to define “mass” and “space”
  • We seem to categorize slow moving particles as “matter” and fast moving particles as “energy”

If we hope to move our understanding of matter and energy forward, it is important to focus on the missing and “fuzzy” pieces in our set of knowledge.

SEE ALSO:
CERN Detects a Pentaquark
The Sequence of Contact
1924 – wave particle duality
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SW Without HW

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