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In Search of the Ultimate Building Blocks by Gerard 't Hooft

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17 Anomalies

Perhaps the foregoing has given you the impression that, in the end, our efforts amount to not much more than continuously discovering new particle types, which are subsequently just added to our model. More or less by accident, we have arrived at a description that, for the time being, fits neatly with all we know at present, and we have dubbed it the ‘Standard Model’. But can one now conclude new things from it, something we could not possibly have known in advance, a prediction of something entirely new? The following story about the ‘anomalies’ could be an answer to this. This chapter is an intermission, a temporary local excursion interrupting our grand journey to the world of the small. We physicists are perfectionists. If ...

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