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Single Idea 20626

[catalogued under 27. Natural Reality / B. Modern Physics / 4. Standard Model / a. Concept of matter]

Full Idea

The link between temperature, heat, work and energy is at the root of our historical ability to construct theories of matter, such as Newton's dynamics, while ignoring, and indeed being ignorant of - atomic dimensions.

Gist of Idea

Modern theories of matter are grounded in heat, work and energy


Frank Close (Theories of Everything [2017], 3 'Arrow')

Book Reference

Close,Frank: 'Theories of Everything' [Profile Books 2017], p.32

A Reaction

That is, presumably, that even when you fill in the atoms, and the standard model of physics, these aspects of matter do the main explaiining (of the behaviour, rather than of the structure).