Atom itself is divisible and made up of other fundamental particles like electron, proton, neutron and so on.
Pamu: Hey Vir, it’s been so long to see you. How are you?
Viru: Hey Pakya…. I am fine. And how are you?
Pamu: I am also fine. I have come to you to have some philosophical and general discussion. Would you like to have some deliberation with me?
Viru: Certainly… why not? I would like to have discussion with you. What do you want to discuss?
Pamu: Good… I want to discuss something unusual.
Viru: Unusual? What is it?
Pamu: I want to discuss about atom and what lies beyond atom.
Viru: Ok…. atom.. ha? It’s good. What is it that you want to discuss? Tell me.. We will discuss about it.
Pamu: Yes. Look Vir, we all know that all of the matter is made up from fundamental particle called atom, isn’t it?
Viru: Yes.. all matter is made up of atom. What is unusual in that? It is common sense. Everyone knows that like you do.
Pamu: Nothing unusual. Obviously it is common sense but not to me.
Look… earlier our scientists predicted and later proved that all matter is made up of atoms.
Viru: Yes.. you are right.
Pamu: But as we progressed we kept on digging deeper and deeper. Now we know that atom itself is divisible and made up of other fundamental particles like electron, proton, neutron and so on.
Viru: Yes… that is true. We are going deeper and deeper.
Pamu: Now, we have moved even beyond electrons and protons. We have proven the existence of the other particles like gluons, quarks and others, which are the basis of other so many particles in atom.
Viru: Exactly…. I know this. What is it that you want to say? Come to the point…
Pamu: I want to know whether there is actually any fundamental particle of which everything is made up of? Also, will be ever be able to find such particle ?
Viru: Ohhh… these are very serious yet subjective questions. I don’t think that there can be any objective answers to such questions. Even I do not know answers to these serious scientific questions. Yet, I will try my best to discuss possible answers about them.
Pamu: No problems. We are here to deliberate only and try to find probable answers. I know that there can be no objective answers.
Viru: Ok.. good. Let’s talk about fundamental particle. As you said our ancient scholars predicted that all matter is made up of some fundamental particle called as the atom. As we advanced we went deeper and deeper. I think same thing will happen in future. The more advanced technology will help us go deeper and that will reveal different and even surprising facts. Like in future we may discover other new particles that we cannot even think of now.
Pamu: Even I think on the same lines. Now, we have European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) lab, where our scientists discovered several mysterious particles like Higgs Boson, and others. Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is currently one of the most advanced equipment, which we have to discover such particles. It has done great work in discovering particles.
Viru: Yes, you are right. But in future, I believe more advanced equipment than Large Hadron Collider (LHC) will come. They will help us go further deep in the search for the fundamental particle. That will bring ever more surprising discoveries to light.
Pamu: Ha… so tell me do you really think there is so called such a fundamental particle of which everything is made of?
Viru: Actually ,I don’t know about it. There have been theories for that, however they are mere theories.
Pamu: What theories are there? I would like to know about them.
Viru: Like we have the string theory, which says that everything is made up of some type of string, which can move in multiple dimensions.
Pamu: I have heard of the string theory. It is complex theory to understand. I have never understood it. But tell me, what is your opinion on that theory?
Viru: Obviously, I do not reject it. We need to give serious thought to it. Also, we need to remain open to other theories and discoveries. Because I am sure that we are going to discover much more in coming time as we advance in terms of the technology and discoveries.
As far as fundamental particle is concerned, there may be such particle or even may not. What is important is that we need to keep on probing for it and try to solve the puzzle.
Pamu: That will be endless journey, then. Why should we bother about it if we are not going to get answers?
Viru: It is not so. Science is exciting. It keeps on getting excited as we advance. Look, recently we have witnessed the launch of James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). It has sent images, which we thought were not possible. The images sent by it are absolutely dramatic as compared to earlier telescopes. Look, today we are witnessing them. And it has made space exploration more excited. Same logic goes with our search for fundamental particle.
Pamu: Then, what is use of the further search if we are to find no ultimate solution?
Viru: No it is not like that. It has huge importance. Like, earlier discoveries helped make our life easier. Further discoveries will keep on doing the same. More importantly, such discoveries will help us know the truth of our existence. Mere existence and death will make our life meaningless. As held by Socrates, “unexamined life is not worth living.” We should examine and probe the truth. It is very exciting.
Pamu: Yes, that is also right. Mere existence will bring no meaning to our lives.
I hope that we will some day make a breakthrough in this field. It will reveal truth about our existence.
Viru: Yes… it is not only the job of our scientists. We should also try to make contribution in it by expressing our thoughts. We can also evoke interest about it in children and others, who would choose such fields and make it richer with their contribution.
Pamu: You are right.
Viru: Hmm… thanks for appreciation.
Pamu: I thank you for this enriching discussion. We will have it again.
Viru: Sure… see you.