In the evolution of Atomic structure, what came first Electrons or Protons? In the early Universe the appearence of Quarks>>Protons>>Electrons, have to have a precise evolutionary existence. I know Quarks form Protons, and Protons can exist without Electrons, then the appearence of Electrons fused around Protons creates Hydrogen, probably the Original Atom, and in evolution terms, every other Atom evolved from This. Now for Electrons around the stable Hydrogen Atom, they 'absorb', actually thats the wrong term I think?..Electrons are moved to a higher orbit on reciept of a Photon, like a 'fulcrum lever' that is lifting the Electron, then as the Electron reaches its maximum momentum,it drops like a stone, ejecting the photon back out of the Atom. In inter-galactic space, there are no 'structured' atoms?..there are nuclie..protons and seperate electrons, so what are the interactions between Photons and Electrons in deep space? At any given moment,in the Universe as a whole, are there more Photons outside of Atoms than there are 'inside'of Atoms? I do not know if these are valid questions, I am interested in the consequences of 'free-electron' interactions with photons away from and external to 'Atoms'.