We humans cherish beauty, even in our mathematics. Beauty – or “symmetry” – is taken as a sign of success and simplicity in a mathematical model or physical theory. But what if that beauty was a threat to a complete understanding of nature? In this, the first part of a two-part series on symmetry and physical theory, we look at quantum field theory and symmetry.

#### Show Notes

- “Reality in the Shadows (or) What the Heck’s the Higgs?“. S. James Gates, Jr., Frank Blitzer, Stephen Jacob Sekula. YBK Publishers Inc. 2017.
- “Twelfth Street Rag“. R. B. Smith. 1975. Released into the public domain.