Where does the Standard Model of physics come from?
The Standard Model of particle physics is a triumph of science. It’s a collection of 17 particles, and four forces. Physicists like to call it “elegant” but to the untrained eye, it looks anything but. Where does this all come from? In this week’s Ask a Physicist, we’ll find out.
A few weeks ago, we had a contest to come up with the some of the most interesting questions about the universe. This week’s winner is Koen, who wins a copy of my new book by posing the rather deep question:
We have this amazing Standard Model to explain what the fundamental particles are. What is the mechanism ‘behind the curtain’ that generates these laws?