I have to say that the standard model of particle physics(I havent taken any classes it yet, we just dipped our toes in it in a quantum physics lecture) sometimes gives me a profound sense of wrongness. Im not claiming it is wrong or anything asinine like that but it just feels wrong since I look at physics in a minimalistic way. I mean first we had all these countless chemical substances that no one understood until some clever people found out they are all made out of basic elements that can not chemicaly be further reduced. Some speculated the elements where made out of atoms. Others Im sure responed with "put the crackpipe down". Then came Einstein with his brownian motion paper and screamed to the world "look at this right here uhu, atoms DO exist" and everyone wanted to know what the *beep* makes up a atom So they(Rutherford and Bohr??) showed that a atom is a electron orbiting a nucleus of protons and neutrons and the difference betwen elements was mere changes in the ammount of protons. :!!) By this time I assume all minimalist where wetting there pants in anticipation of how its possible to reduce that down to one or maby 2 particles that will constitute all matter everywhere. But then came the standard model of particle physics and introduced not only 6? quarks, but boatloads of particles seemingly without purpose , they are just there to annoy minimalists..... Did anyone se that coming Is minimalism in physics dead today or is it a comon belife that we will be able to reduce all those particles down to a few that will explain all of matter?? I assume string theory tries to, but it doesnt seem particulary succesfull so far??