I just love the challenge to our everyday thinking posed by the title of this article “Is matter just a ‘big fat lie?’ Health blogger Eric Nelson, first published this article onMay 4, 2015 in Communities Digital News. I know you will want to click through to read more.
“Why doesn’t your butt fall through the chair?”
That may sound like a silly question. But if you were to take a stroll through the mind of astrophysicist Adam Frank – the man who asked the question – you might think otherwise.
“Consider, for a moment, the chair your butt is resting on right now,” writes Frank in a recent column. “It’s made of a squillion atoms right? And since it’s a solid, all those chair atoms are packed tightly together like a vast collection of marbles in a box, right? And it’s all those tightly packed atoms/marbles that are holding your butt in the chair against the force of gravity, right?
“Well, actually, no. There is a tiny problem with the whole atoms-as-marbles picture. It’s entirely wrong.”