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Comment author: Anatoly_Vorobey 09 January 2012 12:43:12AM 6 points [-]

I'm not a physicist, but when I looked into this, I found this well-written article:

The Stability of Matter: From Atoms to Stars

It goes into lots of detail of what's happening with a single hydrogen atom, then a large atom, then bulk matter. It doesn't require quantum physics knowledge from a reader, but it does require mathematical maturity, and isn't easy reading.

The short of it is that you're right, the Pauli exclusion principle is more important than electrostatic repulsion.

Comment author: Paulovsk 08 May 2012 06:42:13PM 0 points [-]

Thanks! I love docs like these, that take the a broad approach.