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Single Idea 21180

[catalogued under 27. Natural Reality / B. Modern Physics / 2. Electrodynamics / c. Electrons]

Full Idea

As far as we can tell, electrons (and quarks) are fundamental. They are not small lumps of material, because we could always ask what the material is. The electron just They are collections of properties, with no apparent size.

Gist of Idea

Electrons are fundamental and are not made of anything; they are properties without size


Gavin Hesketh (The Particle Zoo [2016], 01)

A Reaction

This idea from physics HAS to be of interest to philosophers! The bundle theory is discredited for normal objects and for minds, and so is the substrate idea for supporting properties. But rigorous physics accepts a bundle theory.

Book Reference

Hesketh,Gavin: 'The Particle Zoo' [Quercus 2016], p.7

Related Idea

Idea 21189 Electrons may have smaller components, bound by a new force [Hesketh]