A Science Prediction: All the Natural Sciences Will Become Branches of the Study of Scientific Atomism
Published: December 26, 2010

Every scientist today knows that the “science” comes from the Latin word scire, meaning “to have Knowledge,” that is, to have knowledge about Earth and sky, wind and weather, plants and animals, what things are made of, how things work, and why. As defined by the Russian-American philosopher Ayn Rand (1905-1982), “Science is systematic knowledge gained by the use of reason based on observation.” Observation means noticing things very carefully through looking, or smelling, or tasting, or listening, or feeling. In other words, scientists depend on all five senses.

When scientists try to solve a problem or answer a question, they use the scientific method. The scientific method is a step-by-step way of studying a problem. It is mainly common sense. The search starts with a “hypothesis”, a possible explanation for something observed. Next, experiments begin, and observations are made and data recorded. Sometimes scientists try out certain answers, or solutions. They may find that the answers are incorrect. So they try again. By trying out many incorrect answers scientists often finally find the correct one.

Scientists call this method of experimenting trail and error.

From their experiments, scientists may develop a theory, which is stronger than a hypothesis because it has more facts to support it. Sometimes a theory becomes so strong that there are few exceptions to it. Scientists then say that they have a scientific law, a rule of nature that describes the behavior of something in nature. It’s important to understand that a scientific law does'nt explain why something will happen in a given situation.

Sometimes scientists discover that old scientific laws must be changed or thrown out. Of course, they may discover that the old law was actually correct and must be re-embraced.

I have personally discovered that the old pre-Einsteinian scientific law of the conservation of matter that states that matter cannot be created or destroyed was correct. I have never disbelieved in this old law. While I was studying Atomism many years ago, I learned from its stated facts that all matter is made up of eternal and indestructible atoms, that the function of matter is to press everything composed of it downwards upon the void to put itself it motion, while it is the function of the void on the other hand to remain weightless and provide a place in which matter can move and do things.

These two basic universal laws are the laws that control the motion of matter and shape the entire universe. Keep these two laws in mind, because modern science based on the theory of energy claims that something that’s not matter called “energy” is the “oomph” that gets matter moving. As the American theoretical physicist and Nobel Prize winner Richard P. Feynman explained, “It is important to realize that in physics today, we have no knowledge of what energy is.”1

From the two basic universal laws of the function of matter, we learn that matter possesses two basic powers: (1.) the power to press downward to put itself in motion. (2.) the power to gravitate (or move) towards other matter. Neither of these two basic powers can be destroyed.

From the two basic powers of matter, we learn that matter is constantly in motion, and that its motion is eternal. Everything in the universe can be accounted for in terms of the distribution and redistribution of the self-moving atoms of which matter is composed. Just as the eternal and indestructible atoms are irreducible and unexplainable in terms of anything more fundamental, so their motion is irreducible and needs no further source of explanation.

Scientists have wondered about the structure and behavior of matter for thousands of years. An ancient Greek natural philosopher, Leucippus (fl. c. 450 B C), discovered by use of thought experiment that matter is made up of atoms and void. He explained that if matter is repeatedly cut up, the end result will be uncuttable particles of matters. His student Democritus (c. 460-370 BC) named these particles atoma (“atoms”), meaning “uncuttables”. Let it be clearly understood that if the description of a particle does not fit this definition of an atom, it cannot be an atom.

Atomism explains that atoms are the smallest particles of matter that can exist; the ultimate and smallest division of matter. Nothing can be smaller than an atom but another atom.

As I have explained many times in by writings, atoms are the things from which nature forms, increases, and sustains all things, and into which nature again resolves them, when they disintegrate or decay. Nothing exists but atoms and void. I will reiterate: they are the smallest particles of matter that can exist; the ultimate and smallest division of matter. Matter is anything that takes up (or occupies) space, has mass, and reacts to gravity. There is nothing in the universe that does not fit this definition of matter, except the void. A void is pure empty space or nothingness. It’s the opposite of matter, which is made up of atoms. Since it is impossible for atoms to come into existence out of nothing or pass away into nothing, they are eternal and indestructible.

I predict that as scientists become knowledgeable of Atomism all the sciences will be taught as branches of scientific Atomism. This is because they will learn that the gravitational interaction of atoms ultimately causes all of the different phenomena in nature. They will also learn that the countless different geometric forms of the atoms account for the incredible variety of shapes of things in the world.

This means that everything in the world can be explained in terms of the properties and gravitational interaction of the atoms. The atoms possess such properties as size, shape, solidity, weight, motion, gravity, inertia, position, arrangement, and repellency, and they operate according to the following fixed mechanical laws of nature:

  1. Nothing can come from nothing (Epicurus).
  2. Nothing can be destroyed into nothing, but only broken up into constituent atoms (Epicurus).
  3. Nothing can exist but atoms and void (Epicurus).
  4. Individual atoms and void cannot undergo change (Epicurus).
  5. Motion requires a void (Epicurus).
  6. Nothing can be at rest in the void (Epicurus).
  7. Nothing can be uplifted or travel upwards by its own power (Epicurus).
  8. Nothing has the power of its own to move aslant (Epicurus).
  9. Everything in the universe is forced by its own weight to move straight down through the void (Epicurus).
  10. Every [atom] in the universe attracts every other [atom] with a force that is directly proportional to the product of the masses of the particles and inversely proportional to the square of the distance between them (Newton).
  11. Objects at rest remain at rest, and objects in motion remain in motion with the same velocity, unless acted on by an unbalanced force (Newton).
  12. The acceleration of an object increases with increased force and decrease with increased mass (Newton).
  13. To every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction (Newton).

By studying the universal functions of matter and void and the basic laws of Atomism, and other laws yet to be discovered, scientists will learn how to use them to do and teach science without violating the laws of nature and contradicting reality. This is why I predict that all the natural sciences will become branches of scientific Atomism.

  1. Richard P. Feynman, Six Easy Pieces (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Perseus Books, 1995), p. 71.