Why are electrons doomed to remain forever separated from their beloved…

We all know the story. Electrons and protons are attracted to each other. That's why a balloon rubbed on hair clings to clothes. The electrons it gained are crying out for protons and dragging the rest of the balloon along with them. But electrons and protons are right next to each other in the atom. Why don't they… » 2/24/12 7:20am 2/24/12 7:20am