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Where did atoms originally form?

I am studying the Big Bang and trying to make sense of it. Is there research or ideas on how atoms initially formed? Has there been experiments done starting with basic subatomic particles to create a Hydrogen atom, for example? I know we can take existing atoms and smash them together to form higher-order atoms. The question is: Is there an existing level of research addressing (new) Atomic Synthesis?

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    Oct 22 2013: None that I'm aware of: when it comes to this matter we have too little knowledge and too many opinions. I've read a few papers about this subjects over the years, but all sound no different from priests talking about God: basically they assume too many concepts to prove their point, sounding just like any religious person.

    Allow me to give you something to think about. Did you ever stopped to notice that we can have the infinite enclosed in a finite limit? Think: how many decimals do we have between 1 and 2? Infinite. Therefore, how many sub-atomic particles might exist? The answer is: infinite. So, how can we make any reasonable theory when the simplest of the elements has in it such a huge level of complexity?

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