this is an example of a kind of article I'd like to read more of(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

it is by robert cahn (at LBL Berkeley?)

and is called

"Eighteen Parameters of the Standard Model in Your Everyday Life"

the way to get it is to go to Carrol's blog, he has it for download in PS

and then you have to convert to PDF

http://preposterousuniverse.blogspo...erousuniverse_archive.html#110297937006874782

DOES ANYONE KNOW OF SOMETHING ELSE LIKE THIS ONLINE?

maybe even better or more convenient?

It tries to bring home how the Std Mdl is really about everyday life

because if some of the parameters were changed then there would

be different chemical elements, or maybe no chemical elements at all,

and maybe stars wouldnt be able to burn, or would burn too fast

and the parameters are some finite set of pure dimensionless numbers, because they are ratios (ultimately to universal quantities like the planck quantities)

so there are these 18 or 26 or some number of pure absolute numbers which are so important in everyday life

but I dont know of any online article that makes this point in a simple

non-goofy way and provides a decent level of detail

maybe this is the best there is-----anybody have an alternative link?

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