The Infinity Puzzle by Frank Close
The discovery of the Higgs boson helps explain why there are atoms and structure in the universe. But there's more at stake — what we're really testing is our capacity to make the universe reasonable.
Our best understanding of physics is predicated on something known as quantum field theory. Unfortunately, in its raw form, it doesn't make sense — its outputs are physically impossible infinite percentages when they should be something simpler, like the number 1. And the Higgs boson can complete the renormalization of field theory, forcing equations to provide answers that match what we see in the real world.
The Infinity Puzzle is the story of a wild idea on the road to acceptance. Only Close can tell it.
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