Do we know what matter is?

Photo by Matt Hardy on Unsplash. For nearly 3000 years we thought we had a pretty good idea what matter is and what everything is made of. It’s the stuff of atoms and the particles that make up those atoms. But, wait, there’s more to the story. A whole lot more.

For well over 100 years scientists have been describing matter — the stuff of the universe — in terms vastly different from what we used to think of matter. It is indeed surprising then that very little has changed in our thinking about and visualizing matter. I am speaking for myself, but I think my failure to understand and adapt to the total reversal of ideas about matter is true of most of those who think about these things, including…

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