Story of a little electron that killed all the dinasours

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The little electron that killed all the dinosaurs,

A short story about chaos theory –Gayan Illeperuma

Long long time ago, far far away, there was a lonely electron. It was all alone in
the empty space. Surrounding it was nothing but the darkness. Few glimpsing
stars, that were thousand light years away, was the only thing visible. One faithful
day a stranger came from nowhere. It was a single photon. It was bright and
nobody knew how long it had being traveling or how it had survived the long
journey. Any way its destiny was certain. It hit the electron with all its might.
There was a little shimmer, and then it faded in to nothingness. Nothing but the
usual pitch black canvas of darkness. However little electron felt more alive. It had
gathered all the momentum and energy of the unfortunate photon. Now it was
moving, moving towards an unknown future. A future no one predicted.
Although the speed of the electron was tiny, it had an immense patience. It had
waited few million years and easily endured the journey of thousand years. It was
moving away from nothingness towards a bright light. A distant star. Time passed
by and the electron was traveling further and further away from its home. By now
it was closer to a solar system than it had ever been. Like moving towards a
crowded city, more particles started to fill the space. Now photons were not rare
strangers but common visitors. But our little electron was about to face a more
unexpected encounter. Within few days a dust particle appeared on its path, It
was so small it’s more suitable to call a collection of molecules than a dust
particle. But in front of the little electron it was a giant. Tiny electron had no way
to escape. It faced the inevitable and collided with the dust particle. Dust particle
only felt a little twinkling sensation but any way the incident had moved its path
by few angstroms. Time passed by. Little difference in the angle started to show
its effect. After few years it was few centimeters away from where it might have
been if the impact hadn’t taken place. Another thousand years passed. Earlier
dust speck might have missed the asteroids gravity field by few centimeters. But
because of what happened ,now it was in the grip of the asteroid that was moving
towards the bright star. Dust particle tried to escape. But the pull of the gravity
was too strong. Finally it gave up and fell on the surface of the asteroid for a
never ending sleep. Within few days asteroid ended the inner region of the
strange planet system. By now it was clear it was not a simple solar system but a
binary one. And the asteroid had plotted its path to the doom. With the help of
the gravity from the star, Asteroid was heading directly in to the star.
Temperature of the asteroid started to rise. Little ice caps on the surface started
steaming and flying out wards. Our little dust particle try to hold on to the
surface. It was its only defense against the scourging sun. By now asteroid had
started to melt as the temperature sky rocketed. Thousands of photons from
solar winds continue to batter the asteroid the dust particle. But like a
determined kamikaze pilot, asteroid went straight for the surface of the sun. In a
fraction of second it was absorbed in to the never ending flames of thousand

This is where the miracle happened. Dust particle never really felt anything as it
was disseminated into thousand little particles. A little swarm of electrons,
protons gash out as the particle worse torn out with immense forces. Compared
to the impact of the hundred kilogram asteroid it was nothing. Nothing at all. It
was more like a fire fly in front of a thousand watt bulb. But never the less it was
still a fire fly!

Like all the particles that was torn out from the asteroid these particle too
entered a never ending cycle. As the nuclear reaction happens inside the star,
these particles started to interact with them. Our group of tiny army was able to
interact with a little blog of helium just below the threshold. Without them this
reaction might have never happened. But the help of newly arrivals it was fussed
in to helium and started a chain reaction in the local region. Soon the chain
reaction grew in to a few kilometers wide area. Now the temperature on the
surface just above the region was few centigrade’s higher than it should have
been. As the pressure inside the star builds up, it was usual for it to throw it out
like solar winds. It was happening all the time. So if this region didn’t exist it could
have come out on the other side of the star. But now it did have a higher
temperature region close by and it chose to come out there. A thousand mile long
solar wind escaped from the surface. It cooked everything on its way. Among
them was a comet. It was on its usual journey around the star. It had never
expected such a warm welcome. As the boiling plasma of solar wind hits the side
of the comet all the ice in the cavities instantly turned in to steam. They shot out
through the small halls like a rocket engine. This had shifted it from its normal
path and now it was in an unstable path. Comet had taken the first step to escape
from the gravity prison of this star. With every revolution, variation became more
and more. After a dozen trials it had gathered enough courage and energy to run
away from the star. One fateful day its speed and angle just matched the escape
velocity and the comet instantly thrown away in to an unknown part of the

After few billion years it was entering in to a new solar system, A solar system
with nine planets. It was heading towards the third planet in the system.
Unknown to anyone this watery blue planet was teeming with life, And its fate
was about to take a twisting ride.

Huge Dinosaur was on the edge of the lake when it first saw the bright star. It was
a new star. It had never being there. And what’s more strange was its shining in
the day. Of course fat friend didn’t thought any of this, it kept munching in to
some plants. But the star began to grow in brightness and size. Soon it was too
bright to watch. A moment later a huge shock wave shattered the planes. As the
comet hit the sea it created a tidal wave hundreds of meters high. As the giant
wall of water swept away most of the animals from the surface and their lives,
ashes of the impact started to cover the sky. Soon it was dark like the night of the

A little rodent peeked through it mouse hole. It was afraid of all the giant
predators. But soon all that would change. Soon all of giants will die leaving the
stage of life and this planet for first mammals. Soon little rodent will shed its fear
as a pray, and start to evolve. Later it will evolve in to more cunning and
intelligent beings. It will give birth to strange biped creatures not only look back in
to the past for the awesome history of the planet and how lucky they were but
also being able to find their way through all the chaos of the past. Soon these
creatures will give rise to science and literature. Soon it will give rise to a person
who will write down this story. Soon it will… But remember, it all started long long
time ago with a tiny lonely electron far far away…
-Gayan Illeperuma

“The butterfly effect is a metaphor that encapsulates the concept of sensitive
dependence on initial conditions in chaos theory
” - Wikipedia

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