Daughter has reached the age of asking "why?" to everything.

"hold on to that cup with both hands"
"i don't want you to drop it"
"It's made of glass, and if you drop a glass thing it can break"
"because glass is brittle"
"because supercooling molten silicon dioxide makes an amorphous solid which is weaker than the crystalline form"
"the crystalline form has a tetrahedral lattice of ionic bonds"
"because one silicon atom can bind with four oxygen"

@nindokag Answer to the last why was "mumble, mumble, valence, mumble". Which never rang true to me ;)


@jacek i can go one level deeper which is "the Pauli exclusion principle says every electron must have distinct quantum states, so the number of electrons in each shell is determined by how many states there are for quantum numbers"

but after that if she asks "why" again I have to say "I don't know!"

I think it's kinda cool how it only takes about 8 or 9 "why"s to reach the limits of human knowledge

@nindokag There are a some whys in between I thing, there are quantum solutions that define shape of electron orbitals. But I was never super good at physical chemistry, so no more details here.

@nindokag @jacek she is playing the Wikipedia Philosophy game with you, I love it.

@nindokag Also cool: if you'd have said "because the floor is too hard," you would've had a different explanation for a few steps, but only a few. @jacek

@nindokag @jacek @catoutofbed I love getting to the, "No one knows, but some very smart people are trying to figure it out," point with my kids. Also cool is the "I don't know, but we can look it up," point.

@benhamill @nindokag @jacek @catoutofbed unfortunately i was a shithead at that age so instead of taking the opportunity to learn, i stopped listening one or two "why?"s deep and just parroted the question over and over :p

@monorail @benhamill @nindokag @catoutofbed

Hey I had 4 years of German language in High School (albeit teachers were not really good).

And yet only things I can say is:

- Ich heise Jacek.
- Ich verstechen nicht!
- Wo is der bahnhoff.


- Hande hoch! (albeit this was from watching II ww movies).

@benhamill @nindokag @jacek @catoutofbed I frequently have to answer "I'm not sure, but I can check on the internet" or "It's difficult to explain, do you want to see a picture of it ?"

It's soooooo easier to deal with the "Whys" than it was for previous generations.

@nindokag @jacek
after a couple more whys the answer should be 'we assume this as a postulate' which is followed by 'because its implications agree with everything that can be observed'. After that the anwers can go into the other direction in an endless circle, listing all phenomena verifying the postulate.

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