What is everything made out of?
October 6, 2010 12:18 PM Subscribe
Attn: scientifically minded Mefites! I want to learn about what everything is made out of!
posted by Griffinlb to Science & Nature (26 answers total) 22 users marked this as a favorite
I'm starting out at liberal arts college and find myself obsessed with contextualizing the things that I'm learning about scientifically. I feel like the most fundamental context would be the nature of the building blocks of matter. From a little research it seems like subatomic particles are composed of quarks and leptons, and that these particles are the smallest units of matter.
Where can a non-scientist (more visual arts oriented) student learn about the nature of the fundamental components of the universe? I want to learn about the behavior of quarks and leptons, their effects on the behavior of protons/electrons and atoms and eventually how this relates to the world that surrounds me. What are the relationships between quarks and the effects of gravity, time, etc. I know there's a problem with reconciling general relativity and quantum mechanics, but I'd at least like to start to understand where that problem comes from. I'm not so good at wading through scientific jargon - but I want to learn about the hard science of it.
So I'm looking for resources, (at this point preferably online), to learn about the smallest units of the universe and how they might effect the macro world I see every day.
really, any and all info/pointers welcome.
Thanks for making a stab.