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Elementary/irreducible particles

  1. Mar 11, 2013 #1
    Hi! I'm wondering what the current mainstream thinking is on irreducible/elementary particles.

    Is the world made up of tiny, discrete little objects?
    ...or...
    Is the world made up of pure energy that moves in patterns that appear to be little particles?
    ...or...
    Neither/both/something different.

    Thanks!
     
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  3. Mar 11, 2013 #2

    mathman

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    Both is closer to the current mainstream, with the caveat that nobody really understands quantum theory.
     
  4. Mar 11, 2013 #3

    Bill_K

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    Neither. The world is made of quantum fields, whose elementary excitations carry energy and resemble discrete objects.
     
  5. Mar 11, 2013 #4

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  6. Mar 12, 2013 #5
    Bill's point is the best. +1
     
  7. Mar 12, 2013 #6
    I have no idea what that means, but I'm excited to learn!

    I'm also exploring this site: http://particleadventure.org/

    Thanks!
     
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