Hi everyone. As this is my first post, I should say I am a retired non-scientist/mathematician, so I appreciate reasonably non-technical responses, please.
Richard Muller, “Now” (P.169) says: “In the initial Big Bang, before the appearance of the Higgs, all particles were massless.”
1. Is this the generally accepted view?
2. What about mass that is not dependent on the Higgs, would that have been negated by the extreme temperature?
3. I assume he is referring to a quark-gluon plasma. My understanding is that gluons are massless, but quarks have mass. Would that not apply in a plasma?