I do not think the universe operates via ropes (Bill's hypothesis) or particles (quantum).
Placing the vastness and the stupendous nature of the universe inside of human constructs is incredibly ignorant.
A rope? A billiard ball?
Nope. Hardly. Scientists are still clueless. They do not even have the very basics down. They cannot explain how the Earth came to be.
It is not known with certainty how planets are formed.