Quantum Consequences for the Macroworld

Chemical matter is made of atoms, which are constructed according to the strange rules of nanophysics. The stability of atoms against radiative collapse was first predicted in the Bohr hydrogen atom model, by the arbitrary imposition of a quantum condition on angular momentum. The Schrodinger equation explains the stability of chemical matter in more detail. An essential additional principle is the Pauli statement that only one electron can occupy a fully described quantum state. This is the "building-up principle" that describes the shell structure of atoms, and the chemical table of the elements.

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