The standard model lists irrelevant attributes of particles such as mass, charge,
isospin, and whether they are lefties.
The ‘property’ that is missing and which would allow physicists to use the word
particle in the first place is shape. For the last 100 years experimentalists have
filmed, photographed, and personally interviewed each of the particles that make up
the atom and to this day they illustrate a ridiculous mathematical contraption dubbed
the Higgs Boson with the Latin letter H!  
R. Conlan, Workings of the Universe, N.Y.: Time-Life Books (1991) p. 32.
I am not suggesting that particle physicists have the technology to see the particle
in detail. What happens in the lab is irrelevant to the issue I am raising. Science
absolutely demands a hypothesis. Before the prosecutors of a theory are even
allowed to talk about the behavior of an electron, the scientific method requires that
they illustrate the electron. The prosecutors can draw a circle, a sphere, or a triangle
if they wish; this is also immaterial. The tough part of a presentation is reconciling
the behavior of a particle with its shape. How is the shape of a neutrino different than
that of a graviton? Why is it that one pushes whereas the other one pulls? How is the
shape of a gluon related to its properties of holding the nucleus together? These are
the important questions of Physics. It makes no sense to talk about mass and charge
if the prosecutor cannot relate these parameters to the physical world. The physical
world consists of all objects. The real world consists of all objects that exist.

If so, why isn’t this fundamental property included with the particle description in the
Standard Model? I clarify that I am not saying that theorists have the ability to see
the particles. I do not say this because it is also irrelevant to the issue at hand. The
scientific method absolutely requires an assumption. The prosecutors can point to
any figure of their choosing. All they have to do afterwards is show how the
behavior of the particle is consistent with its shape. How does the shape of the
dozens of particles invented by the mathematicians differ from one another and how
are their shapes related to their behaviors?
See dot, object

Syn: Figure


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