The Atomic Structure of Matter. STEM and the Orbital Model (Part 2)

What is matter made of? Why are diamonds and graphite so different physically when they are identical chemically? How do neutrons beta decay to become protons, and vice versa? Why do chemical compounds and molecules have specific geometries? Why is water so effective at ionising chemicals? These are some of the tantalising questions addressed by the Spin Torus Energy Model (STEM) atomic model. More
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About David Johnson

I graduated many years ago from the University of Sydney with a B.Sc. majoring in Geology, Geophysics and Pure Mathematics. My first full-time job was as a Rock Mechanic engineer for the New Broken Hill Consolidated mine (now defunct) in the western part of NSW. I loved anything Science related and through work subscribed to as many science journals that I could.

I picked up the FORTRAN programming language from a textbook so that I could write and modify stress analysis programs for the Rock Mechanics section. With newly gained programming skills I moved to Adelaide to become involved in computer-based ore reserve estimation and mine planning. I also gained post-graduate computing qualifications from the University of Adelaide and picked up a couple more programming languages. After working a consulting role for about 10 years, I changed from the mining area to the teaching computer programming, database design and application development within TAFE (a post-secondary training part of the Education Department) in Perth for over 30 years.

Upon retirement, as I had more time on my hands, I rekindled my interest of dabbling in Physics, which has resulted in STEM and this book. I am not a Physicist by profession, which has perhaps been an advantage in terms of looking objectively at current and alternative theories. Another possible advantage is that over the years I have developed some pretty reasonable logic and problem solving skills, although this series of books may suggest otherwise.

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