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Single Idea 21144

[catalogued under 27. Natural Reality / B. Modern Physics / 4. Standard Model / e. Protons]

Full Idea

Quarks can change from one variety to another, and the top, bottom, charm and strange quarks all rapidly decay to the up and down quarks of everyday life.

Gist of Idea

Top, bottom, charm and strange quarks quickly decay into up and down


New Scientist writers (Why the Universe Exists [2017], 01)

A Reaction

Hence the universe is largely composed of up and down quarks and electrons. The other quarks seem to be more important in the early universe.

Book Reference

New Scientist writers: 'Why the Universe Exists' [John Murray 2017], p.17