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

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18 Deceptive perfection

So here we are. Apart from just a few minor technical details, theoretical physics is finished. We have a model that encapsulates everything we wish to know about our physical world. What else do we want?

Well, the Standard Model is nearly, but not quite, perfect. First of all, we could begin to complain about those twenty uncalculable constants. But if this were the only complaint there would probably be little we could do about it. Of course, numerous ideas have been suggested to explain the origin of these numbers, and theories have been put forward that purportedly ‘predict’ their values. The problem with all these theories is that the arguments they give are never compelling. Why should Nature care about some magic ...

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