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Explaining String Theory

Updated on April 30, 2009

It's pretty simple really

To answer the original question, String Theory is not fact. That's why it's still called a theory. This is all very complicated stuff, but I'll try to put it simply.

Many years ago, the theory was that atoms were the tiniest particle that make up all things. Then scientists got out their high-powered microscopes and discovered that atoms are made up of smaller particles: protons, neutrons, electrons. Then they found out these things are made up of quarks, and so on.

It's gotten back to the point where we're no longer sure what the smallest particle could be. In fact, when you get into quantum physics, there are times where it's difficult to tell whether something is a particle at all. Particles sometimes act like waves, and waves sometimes act like particles. Scientists can even get particles/waves to act like one or the other depending on how they're observing it.

Long story short, String Theory states that the smallest unit of matter is a string, a tiny wave-like strand of energy too tiny for us to see, even with the most powerful electron microscope. These strands vibrate at different frequencies, and they form all the different things in the universe. Kind of like how a guitar string vibrates to create musical notes.

There's more to it, but that's the gist of it. I hope that helps.


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    • Mentalist acer profile image

      Mentalist acer 8 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      Try to simplify the multi-dimentional effect of the Sring Theory Model....!

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      danmayerisgod 8 years ago from Scotia, NY

      I'm glad you liked it. My computer actually crashed in the process of writing it, so it's a miracle this one survived at all. :P

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      Candie V 8 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      Thank you, thank you!! You did very well trying to summarize is so short a form so well, I believe I got it! I do appreciate you taking the time to do this for me!!