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New findings are fueling an old suspicion that fundamental particles and forces spring from strange eight-part numbers called “octonions.”
The universe has not cooperated with physicists’ hopes. In desperation, many are looking for new ways to search for surprises at the Large Hadron Collider.
The two physicists who introduced Peccei-Quinn symmetry came up with their idea on and around Stanford University’s campus 40 years ago.