A​.​T​.​O​.​M​.​G (AKA A Is For Atom)

from by John Hinton

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'Atom' - from the Greek words 'A', meaning 'not',
And 'temnein', 'to cut', because it was thought
That atoms were unbreakable
And utterly unshakeable,
No part of them was takeable,
Their oneness unmistakeable,
But now we know they're breakable,
And we do it quite a lot.

An astronaut has trillions of trillions of atoms,
And that's just in a single strand of armpit hair,
So hold on to your noses, and let us see what happens
If we take a trip in there.

A-T-O-M
Impossible to count cos there's so many of them.
A-T-O-M-I-C
So small that they are totally impossible to see.

So let's dive down to the depths of the atom.
It's a world so wild that it's difficult to fathom.
The tiny things whizzing round the outside
Are electrons five or six femtometres wide.
A simple fact that you've got to embrace
Is that most of an atom is empty space.
If an atom was a big as Westminster Cathedral
The nucleus would be a baby bee busy buzzing in the middle.

A-T-O-M
Impossible to count cos there's so many of them.
A-T-O-M-I-C
So small that they are totally impossible to see.
Now back to the bee...

That bee is made of hadrons - which are protons or neutrons -
Which are held together with the help of gluons.
Now, we're getting quite advanced for the brighter sparks,
But hadrons actually consist of quarks,
And of what sort of thing do those quarks comprise?
Well, if you can tell us that, you'll win the Nobel Prize.

A-T-O-M
Even air is literally swarming with them.
A-T-O-M-G
I can't believe that there are oh so many many trillions of trillions of those things in me!

Atom!

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from Ensonglopedia of Science, released May 23, 2017
Words and music by John Hinton. Harmony orchestrations by Michael Hinton.
With Jo Eagle, Ellen Hinton, Malin Maunder and James Maunder on backing vocals.

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