My question might sound convoluted but my mind is twisting right now so my apologies in advanced.
Why is it that when I have one proton and one electron it is Hydrogen a clear flammable gas, and when I have say, twelve, it is carbon the driving force of life as we know it and then we end up with 239 and we have uranium a radioactive element.
How does the amount of protons affect what matter will be? Why does the amount of these particle things magically make one thing air and another cyanide?
If I have one pebble it is a pebble, if I have 13 its just more of the same pebbles. What makes protons different?
Sorry this is so convoluted, any reply is appreciated