Electric Theory of Matter
BY SIR OLIVER LODGE, F.R.S.
and another, which is
proportional to the number of electrons in each. It is
quite doubtful whether it is displayed to be an isolated
or disembodied electron, but the act of immersing an
electron in its attracting atmosphere may develop it. We
know too little about electricity, especially about
positive electricity, to be able to justify or expand
such a guess; but, as a guess and no more, I venture to
throw it out: believing it to be a static residual
strain effect not due even to corpuscular motion, or to
any other modifiable circumstance, but inherent in the
constitution of each atom, whether it be an entire
complex or be, broken up into simpler substances.