Quarks celebrate their 50th anniversary

By Tom Siegfried, 16:00 PM January 30, 2014

Nowadays physicists are confident in their knowledge of nature’s ultimate bits of matter. A handful of building blocks can be easily summarized in a neat little chart.

But merely half a century ago, the situation was messy. During the 1950s, atom smashers produced dozens of previously unknown subatomic particles. Some physicists complained that it would be easier to study botanical nomenclature than learn all the new particle names, most derived from letters in the Greek alphabet. And it seeme...

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