So many scientists - from so many countries - and so many backgrounds - have worked so diligently - for so long - to reveal the true nature of matter. I admire this pursuit and I respect the persistence they've shown in their efforts to achieve that goal. I just don't feel all warm and fuzzy inside about this latest announcement. Think about it: Six thousand or so top scientists are given a 10 billion dollar particle accelerator to play with - for as long as it takes - to find THE particle (the Higgs boson) that would finally validate the Standard Theory once and for all. After colliding protons head on - at close to the speed of light - over 1,000,000,000,000 times, it doesn't seem that remarkable to me that they have finally found a "chunk" of proton that has the exact physical characteristics they were looking for. I find this to be far more remarkable: One man - working alone and using no tools aside from his mind and a pencil - has (for the last 60 years) been quietly developing a very convincing theory describing the structure and behavior of atoms and subatomic particles. Although this theory may never be able to be proven experimentally, it is worthy of attention because it seems to resolve many of the mysteries that have baffled physicists for centuries. If it interests you, there is a website describing some elements of Jurjen van der Wal's theory, which can be easily be found by searching "pyramid physics". Perhaps scientists have been concentrating so hard on efforts to validate the Standard Theory that they have been neglecting to consider other possible theories.