posted on Jan, 1 2013 @ 10:15 AM
Originally posted by poet1b
reply to post by Phage
I was taught in school that there were only 3 states of matter.
But the reality, which the ancients understood, is that there are 4 states of matter.
Saying "the ancients" is pretty meaningless - which ones?
Maybe you mean the Ancient Greeks who thought that the elements were air, earth, water and fire. To think these were the fundamental building blocks
of the universe was completely wrong - so their "intuition" didn't do them any favours. They certainly didn't understand ionisation, let alone
the 5th state of matter: Bose-Einstein Condensates.