We know comparatively little about atomic structure in relation to nervous organism.
The lack of opportunity to watch the stars that might teach them something would delay their knowledge of atomic structure.
Deeply engrossed, I watched the graph which recorded the characteristic waves of atomic structure.
"Well, you know what happens when a photon comes in contact with the atomic structure of matter," Kato said.
His own atomic structure mingled with that of the alien thing and yet, for a moment, he retained his Earthly form.
The shrinkage may be all in the crystalline lattice: the atomic structure may be unchanged.