The Analysis of Simple Physics In Relation to Love, Break Ups and Other Emotional Shit. / by Sarah Taibah


The human system is a vast and complex system, containing thousands and thousands of particles interacting with each other, creating different dynamics depending on the type of interaction. earlier this year 2019 I spent months in Cite international des arts inviting spectators to focus on love and intimacy in relation to simple physics through research. I ended up riso printing a guidebook that discusses the 4 phases of love in relation to the grand unified theory, also did four monoprints of each phase/force.

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The absence of activity and heat exchange is the reason we tend to move forward and not stop. If an object in the space doesn’t get disturbed by a stronger factor, it will continue to move in a straight line forever according to our flat space and time and this is exactly how we feel when we’re single and not into someone specific. However being alone and not distracted by someone who’s attracting you cannot last forever. Gravity is the reason Earth orbits around the Sun. The Sun bends the space-time continuum such that Earth gravitates towards the Sun. Exactly like how you gravitate around your crush. When you like someone from afar and not sure why you’re attracted to them, this is gravity. We don’t know how bodies attract one another, but we know that they do! Gravity is a powerful force when it comes to attracting bodies, and the closer those bodies are the stronger the force is. Having said that, at very short distances, other forces become even stronger than gravity. And this is when you decide to partner up with your crush. 

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In the 1850s, James Clark Maxwell discovered the intimate relationship between electricity and magnetism, theorizing the quintessential electromagnetic theory. Turned out that this electromagnetic force is also the mediating force between atoms, it holds them together and creates molecules as a system. In this phase we kind of know why we are into our potential partners.  There is only two directions the electromagnetic force produces; attracts or repulses. It is still a bit of a mystery to me how it works but at least I know that what makes the particles move smoothly together is all chemistry. In each relationship there’s a sun and there’s an earth orbiting around it.You might be the sun in a relationship and an earth in another, depending on the chemical combination of you and a specific partner.  Just like how the earth needs to be at a  certain distance from the sun to maintain their good relationship, it is the same within the atomic system. An electron  has to maintain a certain power to stay on its orbit and keep a certain wave length from the proton to maintain its color and have a fixed frequency. This is the same balanced distance that you need to have with your partner in order for the relationship/system to work. What happens when the electron loses its power and move to a different orbit? The photon that bonds the proton and the electron breaks and a certain energy gets released due to different potentials. Now is this bad? I would like to think that its not. Because in this energy release, light is created.

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The weak force causes radiations just like the electromagnetic force, it attracts or repels. However it is hard to detect this force if you’re just looking at the atomic system, and so hard not to detect it if you’re in the right place where you zoom in the nucleus where the intense interaction happens. I call this intimacy, so intense and will only be detected if you get close to your partner.  Whereas electromagnetic force is mediated by photons, the weak force is mediated by three bosons: W+, W-, and Z bosons. The weak force is weak in radio active decay because it can’t happen until a rare W particle happens, but in interaction with enough energy it is easy to make W particles and in these circumstances the weak force isn’t weak at all. That being said the particles need to be very close for the weak force to be intense. The weak force can actually create a state where it can change an identity of a particle, just like how relationships change people from within. An example of the weak force is nuclear fusion that happens in the sun. Two hydrogen atoms becomes so close to one another, closer than typical electromagnetic force allows, that they’re literally smashed into one another to become a helium atom. All the excess energy is driven out in the shape of radioactivity: heat and light. In a way, being in a relationship with such enormous force  will change your core; some heat too doesn’t hurt.

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Lets zoom in: The strong force is the strongest of the four, but works at the shortest distance. The force that holds atoms together. It is 6,000 billion billion billion billion times more powerful than gravity, where it all started. This is when you’re in deep love, when your strong connection doesn’t diminish with distance contradicting its own force. When the particles are coexisting and bounded by a stronger force even when they’re not from the same flavor/background. The strong force interacts with quarks: these quarks are particles that come in different flavors and colors, perhaps the most vibrant of all forces. It is the phase where you remember and think of your lover when you’re not in the same room. When you think of something then you receive a text message from them talking about the same thing. Sometimes, Quantum entanglement seems a phenomenon more emotional than physical. Particles tend to mirror each other and become inseparable. Even Einstein dismissed it as non sense and called it spooky action.

Moreover, in the guidebook I designed after I talk about the 4 phases of love/forces I move on to doubts in relation to the uncertainty principle leading to confusion in relation to entropy and finally wondering about the possibility of feeling nothing or lets say the absolute zero.