I have a number of loose ends to tie off on this site, and one of them is my set of articles for novice readers about the structure of matter, which when complete will introduce the basic particles out of which we and all of ordinary matter are made. A while ago I wrote an article about molecules; today I finished the next article, on atoms [Note added: A revised version is now ready; thanks to readers for helpful criticisms of the original]. Future articles will explore how atoms work in more detail, and the subatomic particles out of which they are made. As always, comments (especially on the clarity of the writing, as well as typos) are welcome.
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- Celebrating the Standard Model: How We Know Quarks Come in Three “Colors”
- The Standard Model More Deeply: The Nature of Neutrinos
- Celebrating the Standard Model: Why Are Neutrino Masses So Small?
- Celebrating the Standard Model: Atoms, Quarks and the Strong Nuclear Force
- The Standard Model More Deeply: Masses, Lifetimes and Forces
- At a Workshop on Hidden Particles at the LHC
- Celebrating the Standard Model: The Forces of Nature
- Celebrating the 34th Birthday of the Higgs Boson!