The particle physics of you


Fourteen billion years ago, when the hot, dense speck that was our universe quickly expanded, all of the matter and antimatter that existed should have annihilated and left us nothing but energy. And yet, a small amount of matter survived.

We ended up with a world filled with particles. And not just any particles—particles whose masses and charges were just precise enough to allow human life. Here are a few facts about the particle physics of you that will get your electrons jumping.

Black hole

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General relativistic visualization of a supercomputed magneto-hydrodynamic simulation of a disk and jet around a black hole.
Source: Inside Black Holes ( JILA Science – University of Colorado at Boulder – National Institute of Standards and Technology )