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Matter is anything that has mass and takes up space.[1]

Matter can be converted into energy. This is what happens during a fission reaction. When a Uranium-235 atom is split apart into a Xenon-134 atom and a Strontium-100 atom, two extra neutrons will result. But the total mass of the end product is less than the mass of the original atom. The additional matter has been converted into a massive amount of energy, in accordance with E=mc^2.[2]

In hadrons such as protons and neutrons the rest mass of the constituent quarks only account for a tiny fraction of the total mass of the particle. The remainder is the mass-equivalent of the kinetic energy of the quarks and gluons which bind them as they move confined within the particle.

Quotes on Matter

Max Planck:[3]

  • As a man who has devoted his whole life to the most clear headed science, to the study of matter, I can tell you as a result of my research about atoms this much: There is no matter as such. All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force which brings the particle of an atom to vibration and holds this most minute solar system of the atom together. We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent mind. This mind is the matrix of all matter.

See also


  1. Wile, Dr. Jay L. Exploring Creation With Biology. Apologia Educational Ministries, Inc. 1998
  3. Gregg Braden (2008). The Spontaneous Healing of Belief: Shattering the Paradigm of False Limits. Accessible Publishing Systems, 334. ISBN 978-1-45874-919-2. “Max Planck, Quote from a 1944 speech in Florence, Italy, “Das Wesen der Materie” (The Essence/Nature/Character of Matter). Source: Archiv zur Geschichte der MaxPlanck-Gesellschaft, Abt. Va, Rep.11 Planck, Nr.1797 In original (German): Als Physiker, der sein ganzes Leben der nüchternen Wissenschaft, der Erforschung der Materie widmete, bin ich sicher von dem Verdacht frei, für einen Schwarmgeist gehalten zu werden. Und so sage ich nach meinen Erforschungen des Atoms dieses: Es gibt keine Materie an sich. Alle Materie entsteht und besteht nur durch eine Kraft, welche die Atomteilchen in Schwingung bringt und sie zum winzigsten Sonnensystem des Alls zusammenhält. Da es im ganzen Weltall aber weder eine intelligente Kraft noch eine ewige Kraft gibt - es ist der Menschheit nicht gelungen, das heißersehnte Perpetuum mobile zu erfinden - so müssen wir hinter dieser Kraft einen bewußten intelligenten Geist annehmen. Dieser Geist ist der Urgrund aller Materie.”