Correspondences with physics: The Numbers and the Form
Currently, and this may change, Tetrahedraverse's "proton" is a closed, regular, non-nucleated icosahedron of points, held in that configuration by three things:
1) Compression on it from all the pionts around it (compression is universal; this is a local manifestation of that), and
2) The fact that a 12-around-none configuration of pionts (or balls; remember we can model these so) is smaller than an equivalent 12-around-1 configuration, and
3) Once closed up like this, in order to get a piont back into the center, the thing would have to be opened up widely enough to allow a piont to get in there, a thing made practically impossible by the force of (1), above.
That is to say, about item (2), if we took an icosahedro(not) (13 pionts, 12-around-1), and somehow without disturbing the 12 we removed the center piont, the 12 would collapse slightly, and twist against each other until they had settled into a perfect regular icosahedron of pionts.
These are some of the odd properties that this configuration (Tprotons in green) has, which are similar to (I do not claim "exactly match," 'though the temptation is strong) properties of real protons (real protons in red) in physics:
Proton is stable; half-life supposedly infinite.
Tproton is tough to un-do; compression and order hold it in its form. Once made, it can't easily be un-made.
Has six "quarks" —"resonances" that produce differential directions in "particle sprays" in accelerators
Tproton has six two-piont-pair instances of internal "Gap," crossing at the icosahedron's center. Distorting the Tproton/icosa causes differences in these crossing Gaps' lengths.
As mass, "bends spacetime," in the 3D manner so difficult for people to grasp.
TProton does the same thing, but geometrically-describably. (Tproton is smaller, remember, than an equivalent 13-piont "piece" of spacetime.)
Proton is in a sense localized, "trapped" energy. (Mass/energy equivalency)
Tproton's "energy" ("Gap") is different from other Gap ("energy") in Tverse solely because it is "caged" inside the regular icosahedron of pionts.
It's very difficult to "break" a proton. When we do, using the enormous energies in particle accelerators, we usually get a proton back out of the effort.
Tproton has a peculiar and wonderful property: squashing it along any two-piont dimension collapses is temporarily, but then it spontaneously re-forms. (See THIS little document for how and why.)
A Tproton is in essence a "hole in spacetime," allowing the space around it to collapse slightly; it makes a 3D dent equivalent to a very tiny "gravity well."
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