Re: rishons

Anders Sandberg (
25 Jun 1998 11:00:26 +0200

Damien Broderick <> writes:

> At 10:53 AM 6/24/98 +0200, Anders wrote:
> >some time. I have an old issue of SciAm where an article suggests that
> >quarks are made up of 'rishons' in two flavors.
> The lovely thing about the rishon model was that it effortlessly unified
> quarks and leptons. By-passed by superstring theory, I guess, but I've
> never seen it debunked.

Yes, it seems to have slipped off to the same misty land where
Kaluza-Klein theory, spin lattices and other theories currently not in
favor but not ruled out live.

By the way, I found a text about M-theory, the successor of
superstring theory ("A Layman's Guide to M-Theory" by M.J. Duff,
hep-th/9805177, can be found at the preprint server at lanl). Seems to
be quite fun, and has potential for a lot of truly wild things
(gauge-topology duality, lots of unusual manifolds, "black membranes",
etc) that could one day become playthings for posthumans.

Anders Sandberg                                      Towards Ascension!                  
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