posted on Nov, 26 2010 @ 11:27 AM
Originally posted by Iam'___'
I've liked this idea ever since I first learnt of the nature of atoms in my school years. It's a thing of beauty that atoms loosely replicate a
scaled down universe, bodies orbiting a central mass and all.
Unfortunately while the Bohr model of the atom (the one that illustrates an atom like a small solar system) is taught for convenience and
simplification, when you advance in physics you learn that it is not actually an accurate model at all. Rather than electrons orbiting a nucleus they
populate a 'probability cloud' area around the nucleus instead.
Also while it is convenient to visualise electrons, protons and neutrons as points or tiny spheres for the sake of simplicity, they do not actually
have any form such as this. If you subscribe to string theory for instance they may be visualised as closed and open loop strings which vibrate at
different frequencies within several dimensions.
These are still quite crude explanations, the detailed models involved truly boggle the mind when you get down to it!
In conclusion though, contrary to popular belief the makeup of atoms do not actually mirror solar systems at all I'm afraid.