In Praise of the Proton

In Praise of the Proton

I guess at some point the universe decided it needed a truly stable particle. Something it could use as the basis for building everything else.

Something that never decayed. Something that was forever.

And boy did it succeed. The estimated half life of the proton is 10^32 years. That's way, way, way longer than the age of the universe.

We know the proton has complex inner structure. And the CERN LHC is investigating.

But stable? Yes. It's way over-engineered.

Content written and posted by Ken Abbott