Cease using the phrase “Standard Model” for a theory we know to be incorrect.

Things James Wells writes are usually worth reading, and this is no exception. Highly recommended to anyone (like me) who is thinking a lot about the current state, and future, of particle physics. Or who is just interested in how our ideas about the fundamental laws of nature have evolved over the years, in the light of steadily accumulated data.

A sentiment I particularly applaud is this:

If it is the old static former definition, then it is uninteresting to use the phrase “Standard Model” ever again, except in nostalgic history books, and if it is the new dynamic latter definition then we should not speak of neutrino masses being beyond the Standard Model

Illustration by Chris Wormell, from "A Map of the Invisible".Authors of PhD theses I am likely to review or examine, please take note…

About Jon Butterworth

UCL Physics prof, works on LHC, writes (books, Cosmic Shambles and elsewhere). Citizen of England, UK, Europe & Nowhere, apparently.
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