eightfold way


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eightfold way

[′āt¦fōld ′wā]
(particle physics)
The classification of hadrons composed of up, down, and strange quarks by SU3 symmetry; in particular, the eight-dimensional representation of the group SU3 over its center, which gives rise to unitary octets.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Gell-Mann received the Nobel Prize in physics in 1969 for "his contributions and discoveries concerning the classification of elementary particles and their interactions." His "eightfold way" theory brought order to the chaos created by the discovery of some 100 particles in the atom's nucleus.
He grouped them into families in which certain particle properties increased in value in a regular fashion and called it, whimsically, the Eightfold Way, with reference to certain Buddhist teachings.
Gell-Mann had suggested the Eightfold Way as a means of ordering hadrons into groups (see 1961).