A very serious Professor of Physics, who asked not to be named, uttered at me, “Impossible. Such things don’t exist.” I proved him wrong.
First, let us analyze the question I asked. ”What has an exact shape and an exact size, but has zero atomic weight, zero atomic mass?”
Most people who aren’t adept at Physics, Chemistry or any of the relevant sciences usually start a guessing game. The common first answer? Air. Which is wrong, because air is a conglomerate of gases, including, but not limited to, oxygen and nitrogen. Each of these has an atomic structure, and an atomic weight.
What my question asks about has no atomic mass. No atomic weight. Which is where the highly educated people usually say, “Impossible. Such a thing doesn’t exist.” Technically, that answer is right, it doesn’t exist. Yet, you can see it. Put your hand… or foot… or anything on it. The exact size and exact shape are visually there. So it does exist.
What I’m talking about is a common thing.
The question, one more time, so we’re all on the same page. ”What has an exact shape and an exact size, but has zero atomic weight, zero atomic mass?”
Usually I bet money around this point. (I win it every time.) Proving the impossible doesn’t make me feel superior, or smart, in any sense of the matter. The reasons for providing proof is all about perception. The moment a person thinks something, anything is impossible, it becomes impossible to that person. When a person realizes they’re surrounded by what they feel is impossible, all the time, it opens their mind just a little bit.
Expanding our minds is the reason for such a question. No, don’t cheat by scrolling down to the last paragraph, where the answer is shared. This is about setting your imagination free. About waking up that part of the mind that knows this existence runs much deeper than science can account for. Especially when the truthful answer is so simple, it can boggle the mind.
All of my grown children and some lifelong friends know this answer, because I stumped them with it when they were in High School. Some of my friends were in college when I posed this question. That yes, there is something that exists without existing, and is a commonly found thing. Better yet, it’s easily replicated. You can manipulate what you create yourself. However, we must remember, it has no atomic mass and no atomic weight, so manipulation of this item is tenuous, at best.
It was around here in this discussion that the PhD in Physics nearly asked me to prove it, or go away. I almost bet money, as I was broke and could use some cash to get a few things from the store, but I mentally stopped myself. I had before me a true disbeliever. I was about to make him a total believer in something he absolutely insisted was impossible.
We need to understand that disbelieving what we think is impossible, becomes an easy task because we can’t see it. We can’t manipulate it. We can’t touch it. So it doesn’t exist.
It’s about time for me to share the answer. The teacher, in his kindness and anticipation of what I was going to reveal, turned on his desk lamp at my request, as it was in the middle of the day. So, what has no atomic weight, no atomic mass, but has an exact shape and an exact size, that we can actually see? I placed my hand over his desk, just under the lamp. I pointed to it. A shadow.