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bachfiend's Avatar Jump to comment 8 by bachfiend

Rtambree,

I don't think that the exact masses of the elementary particles were ever predicted. They're just a brute fact. The mass of the Higg's boson is also a question of the energies achievable by the particle colliders. As the energies achieved increase, lower masses are progressively eliminated.

A good account of particle physics for the ignorant (which alas includes me) is Lisa Randall's book 'Knocking on Heaven's Door' which I intend to reread soon, along with Brian Cox' book 'the Quantum Universe'.

Sat, 10 Dec 2011 21:02:36 UTC | #897623