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Standard Model sums up key ingredients of matter

By Richard Brill

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jan 17, 2014

~~<p>Atoms were ancient Greek philosophers' answer to the question, What happens if you could take a piece of matter and cut it in half, then again, halving it until it was reduced to the smallest possible size? The revival of atomic theory in the 19th century pictured atoms as nothing more than little balls, indivisible chunks of matter that were unchanged while being exchanged and reorganized during chemical reactions.</p>
<p>With the discovery of the electron in 1898, it became apparent that atoms are divisible. The race was on when Rutherford discovered in 1912 that the atomic nucleus was much smaller than the atom itself.</p>
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Atoms were ancient Greek philosophers' answer to the question, What happens if you could take a piece of matter and cut it in half, then again, halving it until it was reduced to the smallest possible size? The revival of atomic theory in the 19th century pictured atoms as nothing more than little balls, indivisible chunks of matter that were unchanged while being exchanged and reorganized during chemical reactions.

With the discovery of the electron in 1898, it became apparent that atoms are divisible. The race was on when Rutherford discovered in 1912 that the atomic nucleus was much smaller than the atom itself. Login for more...



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