When I was learning about atoms and their components from my junior high school science teacher (I think it was Prof. Fossilus, or some other ancient Greek), we visualized the atom as a cluster of neutrons and protons around which orbited the negatively charged electron particles, sort of like a mini-solar system.
Alas, the passing eons and the advent of quantum physics have since revealed that the electrons, in particular, would most likely be observed as resembling a cloud, rather than a group of orbiting bodies—assuming they could be observed at all. The reasons for this are cloaked in the mysteries of quantum physics, which need not concern us here. The point, however, is that the most effective utilization of a technology is often predicated on our clear understanding of it.
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