Bartusiak, Marcia F., Burke, Barbara, Chaikin, Andrew, Greenwood, Addison, Heppenheimer, T.A., Hoffman, Michelle, Holzman, David, Maggio, Elizabeth J., Moffat, Anne Simon. "8 A Family Affair: The Top Quark and the Higgs Particle." A Positron Named Priscilla: Scientific Discovery at the Frontier. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 1994.
The following HTML text is provided to enhance online
readability. Many aspects of typography translate only awkwardly to HTML.
Please use the page image
as the authoritative form to ensure accuracy.
A Positron Named Priscilla: Scientific Discovery at the Frontier
the top quark and the Higgs safely in hand, physicists will still face a host of issues. The question of the size of the universe, and why it is not curled up into the size of a football, is only one of them.
"I do not know what I may seem to others," wrote Isaac Newton. "But, as to myself, I seem to have been only as a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me." In this spirit, rather than with the hope of final and ultimate insight, physicists may welcome new accelerators such as the LHC, as they usher in the agenda of the next century. Our researchers may divert themselves with the pretty shells of the top quark and even the Higgs, but Newton's ocean still conceals many of the truly deep issues: The origin of mass; the origin of the universe; the character of a truly ultimate theory of nature, if indeed a theory exists. For all our hope and all our work to date, we still must stand with Paul: "We know in part, and we prophesy in part. … Now we see through a glass, darkly."
Breuker, H., H. Drevermann, C. Grab, A. A. Rademakers, and H. Stone. 1991. Tracking and imaging elementary particles. Scientific American (Aug.):58–63.
Cline, D. B., C. Rubbia, and S. van de Meer. 1982. The search for intermediate vector bosons. Scientific American (March):48–59.
Crease, R. P., and C. C. Mann. 1986. The Second Creation. Macmillan, New York.
Feldman, G. J. and J. Steinberger. 1991. The number of families of matter. Scientific American (Feb.):70–75.
Fisher, A. 1979. Grand Unification: An elusive grail. Mosaic (Sept.):3–12.
Huth, J. 1992. The search for the top quark. American Scientist. (Sept./Oct.):430–443.
Lederman, L. M. 1990. The Tevatron. Scientific American (March):48–55.
Myers, S., and E. Picasso. 1990. The LEP collider. Scientific American (July):54–61.
National Research Council. 1986. Physics Through the 1990s: Elementary Particle Physics. National Academy Press, Washington, D.C.
Pagels, H. R. 1985. Perfect Symmetry. Simon & Schuster, New York.
Rees, J. R. 1989. The Stanford linear collider. Scientific American (Oct.):58–65.
Riordan, M. 1987. The Hunting of the Quark. Simon & Schuster, New York.
Schwarzschild, B. M. 1993. Decision approaching on CERN's proposed Large Hadron Collider. Physics Today (February):17–20.
Trefil, J. S. 1980. From Atoms to Quarks. Scribners, New York.
Veltman, M. J. G. 1986. The Higgs Boson. Scientific American (Nov.):76–84.