Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Week Thirty-Two: Topless - Al Bruno

It's the beginning years of the universe, and you're there to witness all the commotion; the searing heat, the blinding light, and the crushing pressure. Before stars were formed, there was this guy, the Bottom Quark. He's floating contently amongst his plasma-forming ion buddies and elementary particles in the rapidly expanding infant universe.

And why is he so happy, you ask? Well, he's topless, and has therefore survived the annihilation event that stripped us of loose Top and Bottom Quarks. He's lonely now, but his unpaired buddies will be back for a few picoseconds when Fermilab creates them in 1977, about 13 billion years later.


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