The History and Development of the Atomic Theory

TLDR The concept of atoms, the building blocks of everything in the world, was first proposed by ancient philosophers in Greece and India. Over time, scientists like Antoine Lavassier, John Dalton, and Ernst Rutherford made important discoveries that led to our modern understanding of atoms, although there is still much to learn about their inner workings.

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00:00 The most important scientific knowledge humans possess is that everything is made of atoms, a fact that was believed over 2,000 years ago but only proven in the modern era.
01:54 Atomism, the theory that the world is made up of invisible particles called atoms, was independently developed in ancient Greece and India, with philosophers like Democritus and Kannanda postulating that everything in the world could be thought of as a combination of these atoms and their interactions.
03:27 Atomism was rediscovered in the 13th century and gained traction during the Middle Ages, but it wasn't until the late 18th and early 19th centuries that our modern understanding of atoms began to develop, with important contributions from chemists like Antoine Lavassier and John Dalton.
04:57 The discovery of the electron in 1897 led to the development of the Plum Pudding Theory of the atom, which was later disproven by Ernst Rutherford's Gold Foil Experiment in 1911.
06:27 Ernst Rutherford's Gold Foil Experiment led to the discovery of the dense, positively charged nucleus of the atom and the existence of electrons orbiting around it, but it also raised questions about what kept the electrons in orbit and what the nucleus consisted of.
07:55 The discovery of neutrons in the nucleus led to the realization that there are many smaller particles within the atom, which were organized into the Standard Model by physicist Murray Gelman, although the model is still being updated with new discoveries.
09:21 Understanding the workings of the atom is still an ongoing project, with our current model not being perfect, but it remains crucial to all sciences, including chemistry and biology.
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