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From the Astronomical to the Sub-Microscopic

I've always been fascinated by the edges of science. Let's face it: most scientists are. If they weren't, they'd pretty much be Sad Sacks. But the astronomical and the sub-atomic are special. Two similar, yet entirely different features of these worlds, are orbits and orbitals. Spelt so similarly, they, too, are similar, yet they differ incredibly significantly.

I wrote an article at QuirkyScience on the subject. I hope I did the topic justice. No, it is not meant for cutting-edge scientists. It is meant for YOU. The intelligent reader who wants to expand his or her horizon. I hope I've succeeded in the mission:

What Is the Difference Between an Orbit and an Orbital?


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MegL wrote on September 20, 2016, 4:15 AM

That's really interesting. Never considered the difference between orbit and orbital before.

lookatdesktop wrote on September 21, 2016, 2:39 PM

When I was a little boy I thought of atoms as mini-solar systems that fit into an eye dropper.

VinceSummers wrote on September 21, 2016, 3:33 PM

Yes. So did I. But as you can see, we were wrong...