Absolutely Small, Chapter 2: Size Is Absolute

Absolutely Small, Chapter 2: Size Is Absolute

by Michael D. FAYER
     
 

This chapter lays out the basic problem with our normal description of nature. We usually think of the size of things by comparing one thing to another. A rock is big or small depending on what you compare it to. Classical mechanics, which is great for baseballs and airplanes, assumes that size is a relative concept. However, this is fundamentally wrong. Size is…  See more details below

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This chapter lays out the basic problem with our normal description of nature. We usually think of the size of things by comparing one thing to another. A rock is big or small depending on what you compare it to. Classical mechanics, which is great for baseballs and airplanes, assumes that size is a relative concept. However, this is fundamentally wrong. Size is absolute. Atoms and molecules are small in an absolute sense. Classical mechanics cannot describe absolutely small things. It took a revolution in physics, beginning in 1900, to produce a new theory, quantum mechanics, that can describe atoms and molecules, and, therefore, describe the properties of everything around us.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814421741
Publisher:
AMACOM
Publication date:
01/16/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
26
File size:
2 MB

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