The Inner Life of Quarks by Don Lincoln, Adjunct Professor of Physics

Author: Shelly Goethals

The cover article of the November issue of Scientific American, "The Inner Life of Quarks," was written by Adjunct Professor of Physics Donald Lincoln. Dr. Lincoln is a research at FermiLab.

Exerpted from the Scientific American web site:

The universe is a complex and intricate place.

We can move easily through air and yet not through a wall. The sun transmutes one element to another, bathing our planet in warmth and light. Radio waves have carried a man's voice to Earth from the surface of the moon, whereas gamma rays can inflict fatal damage on our DNA. On the face of it, these disparate phenomena have nothing to do with one another, but physicists have uncovered a handful of principles that fuse into a theory of sublime simplicity to explain all this and much more. This theory is called the Standard Model of particle physics, and it encapsulates the electromagnetic forces that make a wall feel solid, the nuclear forces that govern the sun's power plant, and the diverse family of light waves that both make modern communications possible and threaten our well-being.