The Standard Model of particle physics is one of the most successful theories ever devised, tested to the point of destruction many times over during the last forty years. Famously, it has symmetry at its core, but the symmetry is broken in that it requires three different group structures, SU(3), SU(2) and U(1) for the strong, weak and electric interactions. Broken symmetries seem to occur where more perfect symmetries are in competition. Is there a hidden, more perfect symmetry behind the Standard Model, and, if so, why does it appear to us in a broken form?
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