- Strangeness disappears...they say it's "not conserved in weak decays" but that's just a scientific way of saying it simply vanishes! No particles carry it away; it simply ceases to exist. You won't miss it, though...it has no tangible properties. It was conceived as a way to explain the existence of the same particles that I am explaining here. The difference is that I am using particles and properties that are actually seen in detectors, where-as the quark theory uses particles that have never been produced to explain properties like strangeness that don't have any attributes.
- No decays of charm, etc...particles supposedly made from the other quarks, (charm, top, and bottom), don't undergo decays similar to the strange baryons' decays.
- Electric charge is only seen in whole units...very exact whole units. The quarks are supposed to have charges of 1/3 and 2/3 this value, even though that has never been produced in any repeatable experiment.
- The quarks' supposed masses don't make sense...Here are two quotes from popular physics sites discussing quark masses. The first comes from the website hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu: "The combination of up and down quarks to form protons and neutrons suggests that the u and d are of about equal mass: about 1/3 the mass of a nucleon. But in the extraordinary case of the pion, an up and antidown quark combination has a mass energy of only 140 MeV! Yet the same quark combination in a rho meson has a mass energy of 770 MeV! The concept of mass is a lot stranger than classical physics would suggest."
The same quark combinations supposedly result in particles with different masses!?
Another quote regarding quark masses, showing that they aren't even in the ballpark comes from the website: http://www2.slac.stanford.edu/vvc/theory/quarks.html: "compare the mass of a proton (0.938 GeV/c2) to the sum of the masses of two up quarks and one down quark (total of 0.02 GeV/c2)." Not even close!
- Quark confinement. Half the quark theory is devoted to explaining why they can never be produced. Both gravity and electromagnetism get weaker with the square of the separation of the bodies, yet we are asked to believe that these unseen quarks are held by a force that gets stronger with distance! And that the binding of protons and neutrons (which they acknowledge is via pions) is just a leftover from the quark-binding force. (Oh, really? So the force that gets stronger with distance inside the proton gets weaker with distance outside the proton? Give me a break!)
- Virtual gluons. Supposedly the particles that bind the quarks together, but defined to be unproducible in any experiment. How conveeenient! That makes gluons DOUBLY-UNSEEN particles...that is, not only have they never been seen, but supposedly they bind quarks together and quarks have never been seen!.