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Recent Examples on the Web Einstein arrived at general relativity through abstract thoughts about falling elevators and warped space and time, but the theory also follows directly from the mathematically consistent behavior of a fundamental particle. Quanta Magazine, "Why the Laws of Physics Are Inevitable," 9 Dec. 2019 Until its discovery, the Higgs was also the last missing piece of the vaunted Standard Model of particle physics, a unified description of all known fundamental particles and forces (except for gravity). Daniel Garisto, Scientific American, "Japan Inches Forward with Plans to Host Next Big Particle Collider," 26 Feb. 2020 Just 1 year later, British theorist Peter Higgs fleshed out that idea in a bit of theory that ultimately has become particle theorists’ explanation of how all fundamental particles get their mass from interactions with the vacuum. Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, "Philip Anderson, legendary theorist whose ideas shaped modern physics, dies," 30 Mar. 2020 When these two come into contact with each other in today’s universe, they are annihilated in a burst of light and more exotic fundamental particles. Jonathan O'callaghan, Scientific American, "Physicists Come Closer to Answering Question of Antimatter’s Scarcity," 19 Feb. 2020 The laws of physics, as experts currently understand them, dictate the following: Every fundamental particle has an antimatter twin. Sophia Chen, Wired, "Physicists Take Their Closest Look Yet at an Antimatter Atom," 19 Feb. 2020 In addition, physicists have studied hypothetical fundamental particles by observing stand-ins called quasiparticles. Quanta Magazine, "The End of Theoretical Physics As We Know It," 27 Aug. 2018 This theorized field also came with its associated fundamental particle, what’s now called the Higgs boson. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "These are the top 20 scientific discoveries of the decade," 5 Dec. 2019 The fundamental particles that have so far been identified have been given esoteric names like quarks, leptons, muons, and taus. Dylan Loeb Mcclain,, "Ann Nelson, expert on particle physics, 61," 29 Aug. 2019

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