Nowadays there are hundreds of book and other resources about quantum mechanics and especially as a beginner it‘s quite hard to decide what is essential and what is fluff. The spectrum ranges from layman books to hardcore-mathematical treatments. The former often have the tendency to strive into mysticism and the latter tend to loose out of sight what physics is all about: describing nature.
The Standard Model of particle physics, which explains most of the known behaviors and interactions of fundamental subatomic particles, has held up remarkably well over several decades. This far-reaching theory does have a few shortcomings, however—most notably that it doesn't account for gravity. In hopes of revealing new, non-standard particles and forces, physicists have been on the hunt for conditions and behaviors that directly violate the Standard Model.
Quark: Atoms are divided into smaller particles called electrons, protons and neutrons. Hundreds of other elementary particles form these like mesons, muons, neutrino and positrons. These elementary particles are again made up of extremely small particles called quarks. Quark is hypothetical particle that carries a fractional charge. There are four kinds of quarks, each having antiparticle called Antiquark: The Up Quark (u) The Down Quark (d) The Strange Quark (s) The Charm Quark (c)
What is the 'God Particle'? -- Higgs Boson Explained | Video - Published on Mar 14, 2013 Physicist John Ellis talks about the subatomic particle that has taken the world by storm. CERN researchers have discovered the particle that gives all other matter its mass with the help of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Europe.