In my previous blog on Atomism, I talked about the atoms and how the atoms are mostly empty space that forms the foundation of life on earth. Today, I will dig our atom and move inside it. As it was mentioned by Dalton (1804) in his atomic theory that atoms are indivisible ,indestructible and cannot be further divided into simpler particles. But, it is evident since ancient times, that our species being the most intelligent on the earth always takes up the challenge to dig into what is being said is impossible. No wonder we are looking for life outside our planet for our future to enjoy the adventures out there.
Coming back to my teeny tiny particle and the journey inside it. This journey is a splendid one with a number of roller coaster rides consisting of high energy and low energy rides throwing a spectacular show of colors. Let me hold my breath and get on to the high energy ride. On my first ride I got to meet the electrons. To my astonishment it was so hyper that at one time it was with me and in a blink of eye It wasn’t. I started chatting with my friend electron before the start of the ride. Electron introduced itself to me. I belong to the quantum Universe. I am a mysterious particle. My mass is negligible. I have an electric charge -1. You cannot view me, but I can let you observe my behavior. My energy will help you to understand my behavior. My presence is in the form of clouds and you can have the probability of finding me there. Isn’t that funny!! I move too fast for the human eye to see. I play an important role in bonding atoms. No connections between the atoms can be made without me. I was thrilled by my friend electron. After my high energy ride I got tired and started to plan for my lower energy rides. After my low energy rides I came close to a positive center named the nucleus of the atom. I entered Nucleus and met two more friends, proton and neutron.
The proton and neutron introduced themselves. Proton and neutron were massive as compared to the electron almost 2000 times that of the electron.Proton said I have the same magnitude of charge as that of electron but I am positive. Proton mentioned its own charge and that the charge on the electron keep the atom neutral and is responsible for the stability of the atom. Neutron said I have no charge. Both protons and neutrons are held together inside the nucleus by the strong nuclear force. I was amazed by the strong nuclear power that was holding my two friends proton and neutron together. And how the three particles are keeping the atom stable. Here I ended my journey inside the tiny atom.
This shows us that atoms are no longer indivisible. It can be further divided into a subatomic particle proton, neutron and electron. These subatomic particles play an important role in bringing about the major interactions between the atoms in this Universe. An interaction is the most important thing which I believe is the soul of existence. Nothing can stay alive without interaction or communication. These tiny particles are in a constant process of exchange of energies enabling the existence of life and matter in this Universe. Everything will come to stand still if any of these tiny particles stops behaving the way it should be.
Weirdly, the thing to ponder here is, are the particles themselves sure about their behavior? With this one question I come to the end of my today’s blog.
Next blog, I’m going to bring you the biggest illusion of what we call Maya reflecting on the strange behavior of these sub-atomic particles.