Neutrinos – the next big small thing

“UNEASY lies the head that wears a crown,” wrote Shakespeare. The same could be said today of the standard model of particle physics, our most successful description of the building blocks of matter and their interactions. The recent discovery of a particle that looks very much like the Higgs boson stands as the theory’s crowning achievement, validating a prediction made nearly four decades ago and filling the model’s last major gap. Yet we are as eager as ever to knock it from its throne, to discover the new physics that must surely supersede it. “The standard model is particle physics,” says Nobel prizewinning physicist Jack Steinberger. “But there are many unanswered questions that are extremely elusive at the moment.”

http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21528810.100-neutrinos–the-next-big-small-thing.html?

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Year 1935. Interests: Contemporary society problems, quality of life, happiness, understanding and changing ourselves - everything based on scientific evidence.
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