Atomic Structure and Forces

"If we find the answer to that [why it is that we and the universe exist], it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason - for then we would know the mind of God"
Stephen Hawking

question  What holds the atom together ?  question

exclamation  Problems ?  exclamation

tick   Resolving the paradox  tick

question  What about the nucleus ? question

smiley Further discussion of the nuclear/strong force and the elementary building blocks of nature is beyond the scope of this course.  If  you are interested in learning more a good starting point is the " Particle Adventure " presented by the Particle Data Group of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Research into elementary particle physics (also known as high energy physics) is ongoing in the Physics Department at UofL.

"To understand something means to derive it from quantum mechanics, which nobody understands."
    Proverbial among physicists


Dr. C. L. Davis
Physics Department
University of Louisville