Quote (Malignanttumor666 @ Sep 8 2017 01:45am)
I disagree. Science is about objectivity. The most likely explanation is not good science. That sounds a lot like speculation. And speculation is not science.
In regards to gravity, it makes no sense to make an assumption on something we do not understand. Those assumptions can lead to a religion and anyone that opposes those dogmas are seen as lunatics. This is actually counterproductive towards advancing mankind because for a long time these beliefs can go unchallenged, and nobody finds answers. Remember Galileo?
Thanks for asking an insightful question! This was actually one of the problems that lead to the development of quantum mechanics!
If electrons were just particles orbiting around oppositely charged particles, you're right, they would collapse and atomic structures would be unstable.
The reason atomic structure doesn't collapse is because electrons aren't actually just particles. They behave probabilistically, so there is a non-zero chance of finding the electron in the nucleus, but there's also a non-zero chance of finding it outside the nucleus.
It takes quite a bit of physics and math know-how to understand the derivation, but basically, when something has a really low mass it behaves more as a wave, like light, and less as a particle. This means that an electron doesn't really have a "location" in the sense we are used to, because it is spread out across an area close to the nucleus.
As for my background, I did a biochemistry bachelors, and am now working on a degree in computational biochemistry. Basically my current degree is using first-principles quantum mechanics to understand things about atoms at the individual electron level.This post was edited by Thor123422 on Sep 8 2017 12:51pm