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atom
used in Atlas Shrugged

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the smallest part of any material that cannot be broken up by chemical means; comprised of a nucleus of protons and neutrons surrounded by orbiting electrons
  • The earth is only an atom whirling in the universe-of what importance is that bridge to the solar system?
    1.9 Part 1 Chapter 9 — The Sacred and the Profane (34% in)
  • The giants of the intellect, whom you admire so much, once taught you that the earth was flat and that the atom was the smallest particle of matter.
    2.1 Part 2 Chapter 1 — The Man Who Belonged on Earth (5% in)
  • Man perceives a blob of color; by integrating the evidence of his sight and his touch, he learns to identity it as a solid object: he learns to identify the object as a table; he learns that the table is made of wood; he learns that the wood consists of cells, that the cells consist of molecules, that the molecules consist of atoms.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (23% in)
  • An atom is itself, and so is the universe; neither can contradict its own identity; nor can a part contradict the whole.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (23% in)
  • Granting man less dignity than they grant to cattle, ignoring what an animal trainer could tell them-that no animal can be trained by fear, that a tortured elephant will trample its torturer, but will not work for him or carry his burdens —they expect man to continue to produce electronic tubes, supersonic airplanes, atom-smashing engines and interstellar telescopes, with his ration of meat for reward and a lash on his back for incentive.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (63% in)
  • You're the fellow who catches atoms or something.
    3.9 Part 3 Chapter 9 — The Generator (23% in)

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