These poetic words of Ada Lovelace (1815-1852) -- concerning translation of mathematical principles into practical forms -- I found here: Those who view mathematical science,not merely as a vast bodyof abstract and immutable truths,whose intrinsic beauty, symmetry and logical completeness,when regarded in their connexion together as a whole,entitle them to a prominent place in the interest of all profound and logical minds, but as possessing a yet deeper interest for the human
Proton Earth, Electron Moon
What if the Earth were made entirely of protons, and the Moon were made entirely of electrons?
This is, by far, the most destructive What-If scenario to date.
You might imagine an electron Moon orbiting a proton Earth, sort of like a gigantic hydrogen atom. On one level, it makes a kind of sense; after all, electrons orbit protons, and moons orbit planets. In fact, a planetary model of the atom was briefly popular (although it turned out not to