The astonishing cosmic forces hypothesized to have created the universe formed all known types of atom. Atoms that have since gone on to do great things; Creating stars, planets, us, and indeed the pen and paper used by Russian chemist Dmitri Mendeleev in this 1869 publication of the first universally recognized form of the periodic table, which was essentially a tabular list of the atomic weights of all 117 known chemical elements.
Of course, depending on the way atoms are bonded together they are the very substance of everything we see and know. Just as it’s mind-boggling to contemplate the size of the universal macrocosm as we look out into the cosmos, the microcosm is equally astounding.
Atoms are made up of various numbers of protons, neutrons and electrons.
But just like the expanding understanding of the universe, smaller and smaller sub-atomic particles are being discovered all the time. This quest has led particle physicists to build the Large Hadron Collider, a particle accelerator with the primary purpose of smashing atoms with such force as to either confirm or rule out the existence of the Higgs boson, a particle that could explain the origin of the universe’s mass.
Atoms hold the key to understanding where it all started; where we’re from in the truest sense and therefore render much pre-existing philosophy redundant.