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An Introduction To Non-aristotelian Systems And General Semantics.

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THE OLDER 'MATTER'
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charge and of an electron that revolves about this nucleus. The nucleus is designated by a star, the three circles represent the possible orbits for the electron. The orbit of radius a' is the most stable, and usually the hydrogen electron is supposed to be found there, but through the action of heat or electric fields or collisions . , the electron may be removed to one of the outer orbits o" or a'". Such a condition is not so stable, and sooner or later the electron is assumed to return to the orbit a'. During these transitions of the electron, energy is radiated. This structural model is similar to the copernican planetary system, the planet-electrons revolving around the sun-nucleus.1
The above diagrams show schematically the supposed structure of some of the simpler atoms. Fig. 4 represents the hydrogen atom, consisting of one proton and one electron revolving around the proton. The mass of the proton is about 1845 times the mass of the electron, and we assume that the proton effectively gives us the mass of the atom.
Fig. 5 represents the neutral atom of helium. Its nucleus consists of four protons and two electrons, and it has two revolving electrons; in all, four protons with four positive charges and four electrons with four negative charges, the eight charges just neutralizing each other.
Fig. 6 represents a helium atom which has lost one electron. It has, therefore, four positive charges and only three negative charges. Such an atom has a resultant positive charge, and is denoted by He+. If the helium atom loses two electrons it is doubly charged with a positive charge (He++). The helium nucleus He++, as shown in Fig. 7, represents the particle emitted from radio-active materials.
Lithium consists of two isotopes; that is, two elements which appear extremely similar to each other in physical and chemical characteristics, but