in time to the Big Bang
Ellen ( Teen-age
So, Tim - do you find the atom
Tim (Teen-age boy)
Great! It's fascinating that everything is made of just three particles
- electron, proton, and neutron.
Ellen Did you know that protons and electrons are immortal - well,
we know that both live much longer than the age of the Universe.
Tim So my body is made of particles that will never die? How old
are these particles?
Ellen About 15 billion years … the same as our Universe.
Tim Wow! I don't feel that old … But: how were these particles
Ellen They were created from energy in the first instants after
the Big Bang. Remember your training course?
Tim Yes, E = mc2 - mass is concentrated energy. But
I also learned that particles and antiparticles are always created together.
So there must be the same amount of antiparticles around. Where is all
Ellen You're right - at the very beginning, there must have been
equal amounts of particles and antiparticles. But somehow, the Universe
became 'lopsided' during the first instants - and matter won the fight
Tim That sounds interesting. Can you explain that a little slower?
Ellen OK, let's take a trip back to the Big Bang in my time machine!
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