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May 01, 2004

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Jim Print

I have often thought of tipping points in nature as being as small as one molecule or one electron. Water freezes all at once although different parts of the container may start at different temperatures and therefore not freeze all at the same time. I mean, consider one water molecule. It freezes (bang) whenever it loses the "critical mass" kinetic energy which can be as small as one joule. This idea can be extrapolated into infinitestimal other situations. I believe I could write a book on it. Jim (age 80)

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