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Is the Standard Model as Good as it Gets?

25 Nov 2013, 19:28 UTC
Is the Standard Model as Good as it Gets?
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Is the hope for the one theory of everything realistic, or should we be satisfied to settle down and grow alongside the theories we have?

We all dream of finding the one: dependable, motivated, and beautiful, “the one” has it all. But can the search for perfection keep us from appreciating the good thing we already have?
I’m talking, of course, about the search for the one theory of everything, a theory of physics that works in all circumstances no matter how extreme, is motivated by observations, and can be expressed in a few elegant axioms. While some theorists devote their careers to finding the one, others believe that this ideal may be fundamentally unattainable. So we are left with the big question: Is the hope for the one theory of everything realistic, or should we be satisfied to settle down and grow alongside the theories we have?
From the vastness of the cosmos to the inside of an atom: Can one theory accurately describe every layer of the cosmic onion? Image credit: Adapted from Brian Westin, ProLithic 3D & NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle (SSC/Caltech) by Greg Kestin.
We are currently living with a beautiful theory, a theory that almost has ...

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