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Quark-hunters draw a blank

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This is a classic article from New Scientist’s archive, republished as part of our 50th anniversary celebrations BURIED among the many incomprehensible pages of Finnegans Wake, what sounds like the pronouncement of an obscure Celtic award runs: “Three quarks for Muster Mark”. Appropriately, because modern nuclear physics is often as unintelligible as Joyce to ordinary mortals, the term “quarks” was recently borrowed by Professor Murray Gell-Mann of the California Institute of Technology to describe some hypothetical new elementary particles. An experiment performed with the big proton synchrotron at Brookhaven now indicates that quarks do not exist. Or, to be precise,