What's the matter with a Particle Zoo?

In summary, the conversation discusses the idea of a "Particle Zoo" and whether it is necessary for physicists to study symmetries in order to understand and explain the complexities of particles. There is a disagreement on whether asymmetry or symmetry should be considered fundamental. The conversation also brings up the question of why some particles are more stable than others.
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LukeD
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If it looks like a Particle Zoo, swims like a Particle Zoo, and quacks like a Particle Zoo, it's a subset of a highly symmetric extension, right?

What's the matter with it just being a Particle Zoo? The Biologists get on just fine talking about family trees and possible extensions without requiring that their zoo be made up of perfectly formed machines. Is there something preventing Physicists from doing this?
 
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I have no idea what you are talking about. Could you perhaps speak more plainly?
 
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LukeD said:
If it looks like a Particle Zoo, swims like a Particle Zoo, and quacks like a Particle Zoo, it's a subset of a highly symmetric extension, right?

What's the matter with it just being a Particle Zoo? The Biologists get on just fine talking about family trees and possible extensions without requiring that their zoo be made up of perfectly formed machines. Is there something preventing Physicists from doing this?
You seem to be asking why such a non-symmetric world has to be derived from symmetry groups. In many cases it doesn't, but this would make a lot of theoretical speculation irrelevant.
 
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clem said:
You seem to be asking why such a non-symmetric world has to be derived from symmetry groups. In many cases it doesn't, but this would make a lot of theoretical speculation irrelevant.

I disagree. If asymmetry is taken as fundamental, then symmetries still need to be studied so that they can be inserted and then broken.
 
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LukeD said:
I disagree. If asymmetry is taken as fundamental, then symmetries still need to be studied so that they can be inserted and then broken.
Why?
 
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The particle zoo infers a more simplistic base ruleset, like atoms creating an almost infinite amount of chemical contraptions.

Why are some particles more stable than others?
 

Related to What's the matter with a Particle Zoo?

What is the Particle Zoo?

The Particle Zoo is a term used to describe the large number of subatomic particles that have been discovered through particle physics experiments.

Why is the Particle Zoo important?

The Particle Zoo is important because it helps us better understand the fundamental building blocks of the universe and how they interact with each other.

How many particles are in the Particle Zoo?

As of now, there are over 200 subatomic particles that have been discovered and are recognized by the scientific community.

What are the main categories of particles in the Particle Zoo?

The main categories of particles in the Particle Zoo are fermions and bosons. Fermions are particles that make up matter, while bosons are particles that carry forces.

Why is the Particle Zoo sometimes referred to as a "zoo"?

The Particle Zoo is sometimes referred to as a "zoo" because of the large and diverse collection of particles that have been discovered, similar to a zoo's collection of animals.

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