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Single Idea 21153

[catalogued under 27. Natural Reality / B. Modern Physics / 4. Standard Model / b. Standard model]

Full Idea

The beta decay of the neutron (into a proton, an electron and an antineutrino) can be described in terms of the weak force, which is 10,000 times weaker than the strong force. It allows the quarks and leptons to change from one type to another.

Gist of Idea

The weak force explains beta decay, and the change of type by quarks and leptons


New Scientist writers (Why the Universe Exists [2017], 02)

A Reaction

This seems to make it the key source of radioactivity. Perhaps it should be called the Force of Change?

Book Reference

New Scientist writers: 'Why the Universe Exists' [John Murray 2017], p.28