Esteemed thinkers and savants:
Years and years ago (probably the 70s) I read an article about mesonic
matter written, I believe, by Daedalus of New Scientist fame.
iirc, he claimed that if you substituted mesons for electrons, you
could create much more compact matter, but I can't remember why
--mesons are smaller perhaps or orbit closer, I'm not sure.
At any rate, assuming the technology could be worked out, how much
smaller could you make, say, a big diamond or a gold ingot, and what
esoteric properties, if any, might such mesonic versions have? Would
it, for example, weight the same?
Please pardon my scientific naivitee in these regards. I am mostly