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Warning - Not IT related.

Long ago, I had a chemist professor who told us a story. She worked in a laboratory where they have studied cristal formations, so basically made a liquid highly capable to form cristals, and they watched them forming, doing tests and so on. In the meantime new building of the campus opened and they had to move the lab to the new location, which was a fourth floor of newly made building. Few of them started to work there even before they moved the old materials and equipment and they started few cristalisation studies, the interesting part is that the cristals didn't formed. She said that at the end they had many cups with prepared liquid and apsolutely no cristals for weeks, but one day the lead researcher arrived with the old, already formed cristals, from the old lab, and toon those inside of the room with prepared cups all the cristals started to form at the same time. After telling us a story she asked us not to tell this to anyone because the science currently doesn't accept this phenomenon and we will be demonised and looked fools it the scientific community.

This story made a hole in my brain...
It was like 10 years ago, and as a problem solver I still have sometimes some weird ideas about it, and strange explanations comming from nothing, and without any deep understanding of quantum physics or even cristalisation. :D

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    Hehe, chemistry being chemistry.
    No matter how much of an expert you become, there are always instances where it feels like magic. She or even the science itself might be unaware of those phenomenons back then, but you could try ask them now and they probably would have an explanation. And if they don't , in a few years they would .

    That's why it always bored me. Everything is only an imagination and we don't see atoms joining or breaking , just the end results of weird gases coming out or colorful smokes. And me coming from a religious background didn't help much
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    @yowhatthefuck As a matter of fact, we do actually see atoms joining or breaking. Moleular is the lowest level where electronmicroscopes can create images in a way that's straightforward enough for it to be called "visible" rather than "visualized". According to a friend studying in the field, the reason chemistry is so confusing for even the experts is that there's just so many combinations of atoms, and so many forces at play.
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