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The current model for the elementary particles is the standard model. I understand its basics It is for me however, difficult to wrap my mind around it without having some kind of knowledge of the predecessors of this model. Just like first KLMN shells are taught first instead of SPDL, I feel the need of following this model from the beginning. I found the Gell-Mann's much simpler to understand, no matter how incomplete it was as compared to today's model.

So, could you please list a list of models of elementary particles right from the beginning? To study them that way would be much easier.


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closed as too broad by Kyle Kanos, ACuriousMind, John Rennie, Danu, Pranav Hosangadi Feb 2 '15 at 7:38

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Well, first there were four elements: fire, water, air and earth... The problem with this approach is that history is full of blind alleys. Do you really want to study a list of things like caloric, luminiferous ether, and phlogiston? Do you really think that will contribute to your understanding? You might be better limiting this to a fairly recent time or to particles that are still in the list. – dmckee Jul 6 '13 at 20:53
@dmckee actually it really helps to understand other's mistakes and why those theories abounded, anyway maybe the time of your entire life will be not enough to grasp all those variations, so maybe any simple historical book on QFT development will give you the big picture. – TMS Jul 7 '13 at 6:29
@TMS Yes, looking at the blind alleys can be instructive, but as asked the question calls for book length answers. – dmckee Jul 7 '13 at 18:57