# How long can a hypothesis be?

May 20, 2017

As long as you wish... but the longer ones tend to be overlooked, unless they are well-written.

Which do you want to read?

• I hypothesize that the atom is mostly empty space.

or

• Consider the so-called atom, a particle which we assume makes up all matter; since gold can be pounded into very thin sheets, I hypothesize that if I shoot $\alpha$ particles through a thin sheet of gold, that if everything bounces off, then the atom is extremely dense and tightly-packed, because of the thinness of the sheet; otherwise, the atom is mostly empty space.

Of course, the latter may be more interesting, but the former is more concise. Up to you.