The Standard Model Is a Tyrant

The Standard Model Is a Tyrant
Richard Tsong-Taatarii/Star Tribune via AP

As a young graduate student, I loved the Standard Model of particle physics. It tamed the chaos of the subatomic world: organizing its particles into neat groups, like chemistry's periodic table, only simpler. Its conservation laws, symmetries and forces determined which interactions were allowed, forbidden or merely suppressed.

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