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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Atomic Structure

The atomic structure of the atom was explained to me in college during a lecture in a chemistry class. We were told that the electron, a particle, was traveling around the nucleus of the atom in an orbit but that there was no way to know where the electron was at any given moment. They called this lack of knowledge quantum physics. I instantly lost interest in chemistry and in quantum physics. The illogicality of it appalled me. If something is a particle it occupies a distinct spot in space. This is obvious from common experience. To say that it is hard to find is acceptable. To say that it is impossible to find is acceptable. But to say that it is not in a definite location is absurd nonsense. Many years later, reading the work of astronomer Tom Van Flandern, I learned that I was right and that quantum physicists were indeed wrong. That electron is in a definite spot and if we have enough patience and more advanced viewing techniques (perhaps using gravitons or very tiny particles) we'll be able to see just where it is.

Reference
Dark Matter, Missing Planets and New Comets: Paradoxes Resolved, Origins Illuminated. Berkeley, Calif.: North Atlantic Books, 1993, 2nd ed. 1999.

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