As it will become evident by my question, I have no degree in physics or math.

Question: could matter be nothing more than the curvature of space? In that case, different atoms and different combinations of atoms would tell space how to curve in a very, very specific ways. So, by looking at your computer screen, you are simply looking at the space-time fabric in front of you bent/shaped in a particular way.


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The idea that mass could be due to curvature dates back to the very beginnings of general relativity. Einstein himself put lots of effort into finding a way to represent matter in a geometrical way. However all such efforts have failed and as far as I know this approach has been abandoned.

There is a recent review of the area in the talk Matter from Space by Domenico Giulini though this is rather technical and will be incomprehensible to non-physicists.


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