Can anyone picture an atom?
I enjoyed a recent discussion On Sky-hooks and Selfish Genes.
Towards the end I wondered whether someone who knew about such things could help replace the model of an atom as a little solar system with something less completely wrong. A couple people had some great suggestions, but as a conceptual thinker I'd love to see some more. It feels like an unacceptable gap in my understanding of science that, for me, an atom is still just a collection of facts.
In particular, what makes one example better than another? Where do these models necessarily stray from the real quantum world?