The Great Atomic Debate

The Great Atomic Debate

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  • All material bodies are made of indivisibly small "atoms"
  • Wow! you're crazy! That's not true! All materials are made of the four elements: Earth, Fire, ,Water, and Air.
  • Such lies!
  • Hi! I'm John Dalton, and Aristotle, sorry to say, but you are wrong! Thanks to Democritus's atomic theory, I was able to discover that atoms DO exist, and that they are the smallest form of matter on Earth.
  • ..and I read in the textbook that John Dalton argued with Aristotle at length and sided with Democritus's in that atoms are the smallest form of matter in the universe.
  • Ernest, we have to voice our support for Dalton!
  • Aristotle ( -350 B.C.), traveled back in time to -450 B.C. to tell Democritus how crazy his theory about atoms was.
  • I think we're in Ancient Greece!
  • Once hearing this, John Dalton travels to Ancient Greece to set the record straight.
  • You are right, Democritus! Based on our research, there are atoms that exist. But, they are not the smallest particle on Earth. They are actually made from positively charged protons and negatively charged neutrons.
  • Meanwhile in 1912, Earnest Rutherford and Niels Bohr discuss the details of this historic meeting.
  • Wow, I made a lifetime discovery that changed the world.
  • After reading about the problem Aristotle had caused with Democritus and a time machine, Niels Bohr and Earnest Rutherford decide to travel to Ancient Greece using their time machine, the Titanic, to set things right.
  • Whoa! What just happened?
  • With the appearance of two new scientists, Aristotle feels defeated, Democritus feels happy that he ends up being right, and John Dalton is certain to have more people prove Aristotle wrong.
  • In the end, Democritus was correct, and Aristotle was wrong. Everyone went back to their respective timeline.
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