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David B. Held dheld at uswest.net
Sat Mar 6 12:03:18 EST 1999

Walter Eric Johnson wrote:
> Malcolm McMahon (malcolm at pigsty.demon.co.uk) wrote:
> : No, only composite things are made of something. Elementary
> : particles are not. What's an electron made of?
> Three quarks.

	No, actually, baryons (such as the hyperions and nucleons...i.e.
protons and neutrons) are composed of three quarks.  Electrons are
leptons, and are currently thought to be elementary.  To answer the
question above, one might say say that an electron is "made of" energy.
Or, one could ask: "What is the number '1' made of?"  They seem to be
essentially the same question.


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