One crucial tenet is that light behaves simultaneously as a particle and as a wave—which is always a neat fact to toss out there.
How do these misconceptions about particle physics come about, and what can particle physicists do about them?
Instead, Davis said with a hearty chuckle, “Marshall gave me a book on particle physics to read overnight.”
late 14c., "small part or division of a whole, minute portion of matter," from Latin particula "little bit or part, grain, jot," diminutive of pars (genitive partis) "part;" see part (n.). Particle physics attested from 1969. In construction, particle board (1957) is so called because it is made from chips and shavings of wood.
particle par·ti·cle (pär'tĭ-kəl)
A very small piece or part.
An elementary particle.
A subatomic particle.