What else should we consider when considering matter and the attributes of matter? It is important when considering matter not to ignore the work of Antoine-Laurent de Lavoisier who discovered the law of conservation of mass that led to many new findings in the nineteenth century.
A basic outline of this is ”that nothing is ever lost” but rather changes form. This can be experimentally shown to be true. One could imply with a certainty that an object of mass , such as a block of wood, loses it’s individual mass as an isolated system when destroyed by fire. The reminiscence of the starting mass decreasing as the wood becomes ash.
Where does this mass go? It is simply to apply the term, ”up in smoke” and heat and electromagnetic radiation in the form of light. The energy released is not a destruction of the atoms, but rather a change in form of the block of wood, in the form of carbon dioxide and water. These are both produced as gases that are invisible to the human eye under normal conditions.
Scientists are able to capture these gases and show that mass is conserved by capturing the separate elements of the dispersion of the whole, and measuring the mass of the individual elements to make findings that nothing is ever lost.