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Where do electrons get energy to spin around an atom’s nucleus?

An atom is best visualized as a tight, dense nucleus surrounded by buzzing, orbiting electrons. This picture immediately leads to a question: How do electrons keep whirling around the nucleus without ever slowing down? 

This was a burning question in the early 20th century, and a search for the answer ultimately led to the development of quantum mechanics (opens in new tab) itself.

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