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The Unsustainable Stability of the Atom

Location: São Paulo, Brazil
Date published: 2024-01-29
Date modified: 2024-01-29
Reading time: 00:01:13

Author: Patrizia Tomasi-Bensik

The Unsustainable Stability of the Atom

“We are an impossibility in an impossible universe.”

Ray Bradbury


The theme is the same.  Both the beautiful book by Mila Kundera and the film Closer deal with the search for the lightness that happiness implies, which turns into an unsustainability that ultimately destroys the characters.

The Chinese proverb says that life is movement, not force.  And in the long run, everything that is forced falls apart.

Take, for example, the atom of Marie Curie, Becquerel and Rutherford.  In 1911, the latter's experiments led the scientific community to accept an atom with a nucleus and electrons orbiting it.

The fact is that this configuration, which corresponds to the model of the solar system proposed by Newton, cannot explain the impressive stability of the atom.

Let's say there was a collision between a planet and an asteroid large enough to change its orbit.  There is no way that planet could return to its original orbit after the collision.

On the other hand, let's take the carbon atom, which is all the rage these days.  After countless bonds with other elements have been formed and broken, the carbon atom will always return to its original configuration.

Bohr explained this stability in 1913.  In reality, there is no continuum of atoms, but more or less stable patterns.  Since atomic energy changes only through the propagation of quanta, the "existence" of an atom occurs only during stationary periods.

In the same way, lightness for Tereza and Tomas; Sabina and Franz; Alice and Dan; Anna and Larry would only last for a moment.

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