Main Question or Discussion Point
What is the point of sparticles? What will they prove? How will they work? I've read about supersymmetry, but don't really get it. I know it is to unify quantum mechanics and relativity, but how?
To a bit less dismissive without getting into all the technical details, supersymmetry (also known as SUSY) is basically about the idea that there are technical reasons that makes it desirable for there to be fundamental balance between fundamental fermions that make up what we crudely in layman's language think about as "matter" (i.e. the quarks that protons, neutrons and more exotic hadrons are made of, electrons, muons (heavy electrons), taus (really heavy electrons), and neutrinos) and fundamental bosons that we crudely think of in layman's language as the particles that make up force fields (gluons for the strong force, W and Z bosons for the weak force, photons for the electromagnetic force, and gravitons (hypothetically) for gravity, and the Higgs boson which gives rise to the inertial mass of fundamental particles).What is the point of sparticles? What will they prove? How will they work? I've read about supersymmetry, but don't really get it. I know it is to unify quantum mechanics and relativity, but how?
My friends and I had discussions about supersymmetry and string theory with not much less detail when we were in the 7th grade. Those discussions at one of my birthday parties became one of my mother's favorite stories of my childhood that she keep telling until she passed.Think a 7th grader got all that?