electron

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Everywhere And Nowhere

a: Electron ~
b: an able guerrilla

What: "An electron is like an able guerrilla leader who occupies a wide area with rumors of his presence, but when he strikes, he strikes with his whole force." source: Nature, Electron Optics (p. 82) Volume 129, Number 3246, 16 January 1932

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Writer: Not Stated
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Date: Aug 7 2013 5:28 PM


Mystery Box

a: Electron ~
b: box

What: "We have a Quantum Theorist in our department; I chatted with him a bit - told him, my view is that an electron is like a box, that you are told you can NEVER open, NEVER know what is inside. But, coming through holes in the box, we sometimes see a tail wagging, and sometimes a paw slapping around. We can NEVER know there is a cat inside (I told you that, above). So, we say sometimes there are paws in the box (and sticking out), sometimes tails. ANALOGY: electron, sometimes wave, sometimes particle. He just shook his head and walked away. So, go figure."

Useful?
Writer: Andy
LCC:
Where: Reference Link Has Evaporated
Date: Aug 7 2013 5:31 PM


It Doth Flutter.....

a: Electron ~
b: a moth in the cathedral

What: "Tom Stoppard, the playwright, had the best image. He said, if the nucleus is like the altar of St Paul's cathedral, an electron is like a moth in the cathedral, one moment by the altar, the next by the dome. Imagine squeezing all the space out of an atom. Well, if you did that to all the atoms in all the people in the world, you could indeed fit the entire human race in the volume of a sugar cube."

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Writer: Tom Stoppard
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Date: Aug 7 2013 5:34 PM


Many Many Magnets

a: Electron ~
b: tiny magnet itself

What: "Most importantly, it depends on what is going on with the electrons in the material, since each electron is like a tiny magnet itself. Most materials are almost insensitive to magnetism because the electrons act like magnets pointing every which way, more or less equal numbers pulling or pushing."

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Writer: Tamara (and mike)
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Date: Aug 7 2013 5:41 PM


And Then It Melts Through The Cone....

a: Electron ~
b: ball sitting inside an upright ice-cream cone

What: "Normally, an electron is like a ping-pong ball sitting inside an upright ice-cream cone. As long as nothing changes, there is no reason for the ball to suddenly leave the cone. And yet, in certain situations, an electron can occasionally escape its snug hole. When it does so, the electron passes, ghost-like, through the barrier - a quantum phenomenon known as tunneling, which arises from the fact that such quantum particles as electrons can also act as waves. This is one of the most basic principles of quantum physics, but because it has no parallel in the everyday world, it still challenges the imagination of laypeople and physicists, alike."

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Writer: Dr. Nirit Dudovich
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Date: Aug 7 2013 5:46 PM


Back And Forth It Goes....

a: Electron ~
b: the suspension system of the Ford

What: "Resonance is found in the old Ford automobiles (and maybe the new ones). Their suspension system had very little dampening. So one could, if he were not careful, turn the wheel to the right and cause the car to tip to the left due to its inertia. He could then turn the wheel to the left and cause the car to tip to the right. By doing this repeatedly at the correct frequency, he could match the frequency of the Ford's reacting suspension system. The Ford's suspension system was resonant to the frequency of the turning of the wheel. The energy thus produced could make the car roll over. A resonant electron is like the suspension system of the Ford. It will accept the energy of a photon with the correct frequency."

Useful?
Writer: Lew Paxton Price , Herbert Martin Gibson
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Date: Aug 7 2013 5:53 PM


A Wave It Is....

a: Electron ~
b: little wave

What: "In the absence of a definite interaction, the electron is like a little wave. It can go down two tunnels at once as a wavefront and make interference patterns with itself coming out both tunnel ends. Or, you can detect which way the electron goes, and the interference patterns vanish."

Useful?
Writer: VadeRetro
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Date: Aug 7 2013 5:57 PM


It Has More Than 1 Property

a: Electron ~
b: a red sports car

What: "In a sense, an electron is like a red sports car," Bergfield said. "The sports car is both a car and it's red, just as the electron is both a particle and a wave. The two are properties of the same thing. Electrons are just less obvious to us than sports cars."

Useful?
Writer: Justin Bergfield
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Date: Aug 7 2013 6:01 PM


Not

a: Electron ~
b: a little person

What: "Now, I am not suggesting that an electron is like a little person, living in its own little house with an electron wife and family at home somewhere inside of an atom. I am suggesting however, there is NOTHING, not one hypothetical point existing in this universe that is not to some extent conscious of self. In a very real sense, you could say that the universe is solid, one thing, it is just more solid in some places and less solid in others. There is NO empty space between what we observe as physical planets, all being connected by unmanifest consciousness."

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Writer: Not Stated
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Date: Aug 7 2013 6:04 PM



a: Electron ~
b: shapeshifter

What:

It shape-shifts depending on the context in which it is found.


Useful?
Writer: Not Stated
LCC:
Where:
Date: Oct 23 2016 6:47 PM



a: Electron spin ~
b: a turntable

What:

"Electron spin is like a turntable with only forward and backward settings at a single speed, with the power cord wired directly into the mains so it can't be shut off. It's always spinning in one direction or the other."


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Writer: Not Stated
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Date: Dec 26 2015 7:36 PM



a: Electron spin ~
b: a tiny magnetic moment

What:

"The electron's spin is like a tiny magnetic moment arising from the electron spinning about its own axis."


Useful?
Writer: Supriyo Bandyopadhyay
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Date: Dec 26 2015 7:37 PM


Electron Spin

a: Electron charge ~
b: circular wire

What: "We can see how an electron orbiting the nucleus of an atom is like an electric current flowing around a loop of wire."

Useful?
Writer: Bruce Harvey 1997
LCC: QD
Where:
Date: Jun 15 2010 11:11 PM



a: Electron shells ~
b: nesting dolls

What:

"Here's the deal. Electron shells are like nesting dolls, one tucked inside the other. The first shell, closest to the nucleus, can only hold two electrons. The second shell can hold eight, the third 18 and so on. Now imagine that each shell is a layer of emotional intimacy. The people you hold closest, tell the most to, inhabit the inner shell. Next is the layer of good friends, then acquaintances."


Useful?
Writer: Emily McMason
LCC: QD
Where:
Date: Sep 14 2014 10:20 AM



a: electron shells ~
b: standing waves

What:


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Writer: Brian Cox
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Date: Sep 14 2014 10:25 AM



a: Electron shells ~
b: rings

What:

"Electron shells are like rings that continue outward away from the nucleus."


Useful?
Writer: Sarah Renaldo
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Date: Sep 14 2014 10:27 AM



a: electron shells ~
b: bumpers

What:

"The electron shells are like bumpers that keep the atoms from getting any closer together."


Useful?
Writer: Isaac Asimov
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Date: Sep 14 2014 10:29 AM



a: electron shells ~
b: bubbles of space bursting

What:

"The thing that produces quanta is the loss of energy. Electron shell-size decay is what produces quanta. What we call "light" is electromagnetic energy that has been shed. Light is also waves passing through space. The waves aren't things unto themselves, but are ripples in space. This means that light and space are one and the same thing. And since light comes from the collapse of electron shells, the electron itself is space in another form. Collapsing electron shells are like bubbles of space bursting."


Useful?
Writer: gsmonks
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Date: Sep 14 2014 10:32 AM



a: electron shells ~
b: holla hoops

What:

"Basically the electron shells are like holla hoops around a person and the electrons found in the electron shells spinning around the person at great speed."


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Writer: Json
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Date: Sep 14 2014 10:33 AM



a: electron carrier ~
b: a moving van

What:

"An electron carrier is like a moving van constantly loading and unloading electrons or hydrogen atoms"


Useful?
Writer: Not Stated
LCC:
Where: Reference Link Has Evaporated
Date: Mar 19 2016 2:09 PM


A Human Train

a: electron carrier ~
b: bucket briagade

What:

Before hoses, water was moved by a series of people handing buckets of water to each other, down a line from the water's source to the fire. An electron carrier is like a person in this line.


Useful?
Writer: Lucrezia
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Date: Mar 19 2016 2:15 PM



a: electron orbital ~
b: vibration in an acoustic cavity

What:

"At that scale, it is not accurate to think of electrons as point particles. They're more like waves. An electron orbital is like a mode of vibration in an acoustic cavity."


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Writer: Phlasma_Cannon
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Date: Oct 18 2016 5:33 PM



a: Electron affinity ~
b: ionization energy

What:

"The electron affinity is like ionization energy. It is the energy required to add an electron to a neutral atom in the gas phase.

The general trends in EA are hard to
discern

We expect EA to decrease in magnitude
(less negative) down a group as we move further from the nucleus. Only observed for Groups 1 and 8, or elements after Ne.

We expect EA to increase (more negative) across a row as the nuclear charge increases and size decreases. There are plenty of exceptions to this"


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Writer: Not Stated
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Date: Dec 27 2013 10:59 AM



a: electron geometry ~
b: flower

What:


Useful?
Writer: Stephen John Shroyer
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Date: Dec 4 2014 7:56 PM



a: Binary Electron Flow ~
b: The Silicon Valley Worship System

What:

Worship of the machine that functions through this electrical process. Machine worship as it's most refined and intellectual. Machine worship, as if going to save the World. Worship the Box, Worship it and animate it for all too see, smell and hear. On Your knees and in your eyes for it to see you and don't stop the adulation. The Father of The Silicon Freakiness they are.


Useful?
Writer: Lucrezia
LCC:
Where: Reference Link Has Evaporated
Date: Jul 26 2015 10:22 AM



a: Cyclic electron flow ~
b: bake a cake

What:

"Cyclic electron flow is like when you bake a cake, but instead of making the cake and the frosting, only the cake is made since you don't have the ingredients for the frosting, but you have them for the cake, which still tastes good and provides energy. "


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Writer: Not Stated
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Date: Nov 4 2016 5:17 PM



a: Electron delocalization ~
b: evenly distributed water

What:

"Electron delocalization is like when you have glasses of water with evenly distributed water. If electron density is piled up in one orbital, the energy is not as spread out and one orbital is super high energy (we call that "localized" energy). Likewise, if you take all the glasses and pour their water into one glass, it's probably going to overflow (analogous to very "localized" energy)."


Useful?
Writer: Truong-Son N
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Date: Oct 20 2016 7:00 PM


It Can't Run Too Far......

a: Electron in an insulator ~
b: a guard dog tied to a tree

What: "Life is much more restrictive for an electron in an insulator. By definition, charges in an insulator are not free to move. This is not the same thing as saying they can't move. An electron in an insulator is like a guard dog tied to a tree - free to move around, but within limits. Placing the electrons of an insulator in the presence of an electric field is like placing a tied dog in the presence of a mailman. The electrons will strain against the field as far as they can in much the same way that our hypothetical dog will strain against its leash as far as it can. Electrons on the atomic scale are more cloudlike than doglike, however. The electron is really spread out over the whole volume of an atom and isn't concentrated in any one location. A good atomic dog wouldn't be named Spot, I suppose"

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Writer: Glenn Elert
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Date: Aug 1 2013 3:09 PM



a: Electron transport chain ~
b: a series of tiny, successively stronger magnets

What: "The electron transport chain is like a series of tiny, successively stronger magnets, each of which has a higher potential than its predecessor." From:Exercise Physiology: Basis of Human Movement in Health and Diseasep.72

Useful?
Writer: Stanley P. Brown, Wayne C. Miller, Jane M. Eason
LCC:
Where: Reference Link Has Evaporated
Date: Feb 25 2014 6:30 PM



a: electron transport chain ~
b: bucket brigade

What:

" The electron transport chain is like a "bucket brigade"--electrons are passed from one cytochrome molecule to the next until they are finally passed to oxygen, which is reduced to water."


Useful?
Writer: Not Stated
LCC:
Where: Reference Link Has Evaporated
Date: Feb 25 2014 6:35 PM



a: Conducting electron in metal ~
b: a racing dog fenced in a pasture

What:

"A conducting electron in a metal is like a racing dog fenced in a pasture. They are free to roam around as much as they want and can run the entire length, width, and depth of the metal on a whim."


Useful?
Writer: Glenn Elert
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Date: Dec 27 2013 11:06 AM


It Can Run, But Not Too Far...

a: Conducting electron in a metal ~
b: a racing dog fenced in a pasture

What: A conducting electron in a metal is like a racing dog fenced in a pasture. They are free to roam around as much as they want and can run the entire length, width, and depth of the metal on a whim.

Useful?
Writer: Glenn Elert
LCC: QC
Where:
Date: Aug 1 2013 3:10 PM



a: Photosynthetic electron transfer ~
b: a bucket brigade

What:

"Photosynthetic electron transfer from water to NADP" is like a bucket brigade from one inter-mediate to the other. One can also imagine this process as a relay race. "


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Writer: Dmitriy Shevela et al.
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Date: Dec 20 2014 10:56 AM



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