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Single Idea 21148

[catalogued under 27. Natural Reality / B. Modern Physics / 3. Chromodynamics / a. Chromodynamics]

Full Idea

Experiments show that the nuclear binding force does not follow the inverse square law, but is repulsive at the shortest distances, then attractive, then fades away rapidly as distance increases further.

Gist of Idea

The strong force is repulsive at short distances, strong at medium, and fades at long


New Scientist writers (Why the Universe Exists [2017], 02)

A Reaction

So how does it know when to be strong? Magnetism doesn't vary according to distance, and light obeys the inverse square law, because everything is decided at the output. - See 21151 for an explanation. It interacts after departure.

Book Reference

New Scientist writers: 'Why the Universe Exists' [John Murray 2017], p.26

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