A simple scheme for
ordering the facts of physics is presented, and some terms associated with basic
research are introduced. Some aspects of
this research are discussed and an outline of a simple model as an example of a
working hypothesis for explaining the known facts is proposed.
A short outline of the
alternative, Lorentzian version of special relativity is presented. It is shown that a simple
principle of consistency of measurements, familiar and obvious to every experimentalist, when
applied in the interpretation of experimental evidence about inertial motion, leads
straightforward to the Lorentzian formulation of relativity which involves both the
principle of relativity and Lorentz transformation and also a privileged state of motion and
effects related to absolute motion.
A phenomenological model developed independently of most of the recent theoretical concepts is presented. The properties of all ?ordinary? particles and anti-particles, both leptons and hadrons, are derived from only four kinds of fundamental components (4C) with ?charges? +? 1/2 e and +? 1/2 B. These fundamental components occur always in pairs of integer Q and B values. Fermions are composed of an odd number of such pairs, and bosons of an even number of them. The number of components of each kind is strictly conserved in all interactions. Strong and electromagnetic transitions occur upon absorption of at least one E  boson, and weak decays occur upon absorption of a W  or anti-W  boson. These spin zero, low-mass, -energy, and -momentum bosons are present in vacuum with a certain density. The conservation of the 4C components accounts (with some modifications) for the conservation of charge, baryon number, lepton number(s), strangeness and isospin. Affinity with the quark model is shown and differences between these two models are outlined. Many questions remain unaddressed and the model requires verification with experiment and intense further development.