In the Introduction to this series, I proposed to build a Model of Everything, and it seems to me the best place to start is with the very small. So…

This is a subatomic, elementary particle:

It is very small and there are several different types.

Some particles have mass at rest, some do not—those are called force particles—and some are merely theorized. Elementary particles have names like: Leptons, Quarks, Photons, and Gluons.

In fact, the number and complexity of interactions for known and theorized particles in the Standard Model lead many scientists to assume those particles are not so elementary at all. Perhaps, they theorize, ‘vibrating strings’ of energy lie behind each type of particle, but the science is not “there” yet, and since this is a model about what we think we know, I’ll not bring it in–at least for now.

In either case, string or no string, our best theories hold that matter is a property of force. Matter arises when 3 W/Z Bosons combine with the yet to be proven Higgs Boson—currently sought by the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland.

And that is a really big deal! While we already know, and have known, that matter can be converted to energy via Einstein’s formula E=MC2–should the Higgs Boson show up (in the course of the next year or so), we will have proof that matter arises from force–that we are, fundamentally, walking, talking energy–our words are energy, our thoughts are energy… we’re all, as the song by XTC goes, light…

NEXT: Part 2. The Very Small, Probability, and Uncertainty