I'm trying to get my head around what "photon energy" means. It's counter-intuitive to me, because when thinking about radio frequencies it's easy to "detect" a 1000 kHz signal with some wire and a chunk of ore whereas microwave signals are easily "lost" in coax — so it seems like the higher the frequency the weaker it is in practice.
But the Planck-Einstein relation says just the opposite: the low frequency waves that the early radio pioneers noticed and could experiment with have laughably minuscule "photon energy" compared just a single gamma ray photon. Yet this sort of particle physics seems stereotypically the realm of "Big Science" in multinational labs with with bazillion dollar equipment or at the bottom of deep mine shafts where there's nothing else to interfere — meanwhile people are listening to the tiny energies through their dental fillings!
How come we're so seemingly unaffected by TeV-magnitude particles, but can see electrical arcs caused by μeV-scale particles?