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Title: And So Ad Infinitum: The Search for Quark and Lepton Substructure

Abstract

The Victorian era mathematician, Augustus de Morgan wrote, “Great fleas have little fleas upon their backs to bite ‘em, And little fleas have lesser fleas, and so ad infinitum.” This parody of Jonathan Swift’s 1733 poem On Poetry: A Rhapsody arose from a literary history, but it is rather easy to see a metaphor for nature in these words. The saga of the search for the ultimate constituents of matter has long been one of finding a seemingly fundamental structure that, in turn, was found to be made of even smaller building blocks. Matter is made of molecules. Molecules are in turn made of atoms, which are themselves made of electrons and atomic nuclei. Furthermore, the nucleus consists of protons and neutrons, and these nucleons are composed of quarks.

Authors:
 [1]
  1. Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (FNAL), Batavia, IL (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (FNAL), Batavia, IL (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), High Energy Physics (HEP) (SC-25)
OSTI Identifier:
1438043
Report Number(s):
FERMILAB-PUB-18-157-CMS-E-T
Journal ID: ISSN 0031-921X; 1671478
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC02-07CH11359
Resource Type:
Journal Article: Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Physics Teacher
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 56; Journal Issue: 4; Journal ID: ISSN 0031-921X
Publisher:
American Association of Physics Teachers
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
72 PHYSICS OF ELEMENTARY PARTICLES AND FIELDS

Citation Formats

Lincoln, Don. And So Ad Infinitum: The Search for Quark and Lepton Substructure. United States: N. p., 2018. Web. doi:10.1119/1.5028231.
Lincoln, Don. And So Ad Infinitum: The Search for Quark and Lepton Substructure. United States. doi:10.1119/1.5028231.
Lincoln, Don. Sun . "And So Ad Infinitum: The Search for Quark and Lepton Substructure". United States. doi:10.1119/1.5028231.
@article{osti_1438043,
title = {And So Ad Infinitum: The Search for Quark and Lepton Substructure},
author = {Lincoln, Don},
abstractNote = {The Victorian era mathematician, Augustus de Morgan wrote, “Great fleas have little fleas upon their backs to bite ‘em, And little fleas have lesser fleas, and so ad infinitum.” This parody of Jonathan Swift’s 1733 poem On Poetry: A Rhapsody arose from a literary history, but it is rather easy to see a metaphor for nature in these words. The saga of the search for the ultimate constituents of matter has long been one of finding a seemingly fundamental structure that, in turn, was found to be made of even smaller building blocks. Matter is made of molecules. Molecules are in turn made of atoms, which are themselves made of electrons and atomic nuclei. Furthermore, the nucleus consists of protons and neutrons, and these nucleons are composed of quarks.},
doi = {10.1119/1.5028231},
journal = {Physics Teacher},
number = 4,
volume = 56,
place = {United States},
year = {Sun Apr 01 00:00:00 EDT 2018},
month = {Sun Apr 01 00:00:00 EDT 2018}
}

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