Searching for the Start
There appear to be two fundamental and continuing questions.
- How did we get here?
- Where are we going?
Historically the billiard balls of John Dalton have morphed into quantum energy states, seeming more like fiction than science, yet giving birth to an amazing array of EED's (Electronic Enjoyment Devices).
Having identified the formerly fundamental particles of protons, neutrons and electrons, the deepening search produced an entire village of paired particles. Mesons, muons and various leptons begged the question... "What are you guys made of?"
Searching for "point zero" in the existence of matter has consumed the intellectual passion of many physicists, and results sometimes seem promising.
But what then?
Murray Gell-Mann thought the quark brought us home. Then people asked the next logical question, "Of what do quarks exist?"
Thus started the journey towards the scientific holy grail of the Higgs Boson, ironically using one of the world's largest research instruments to observe the most fundamental of the smallest of things.
In this quest to answer the final question, maybe we are really asking the wrong question...
Perhaps we should be asking, "Why are we asking?"