Friday, July 06, 2012

the Higgs boson

Particle buzz
Since Wednesday, 04 July, there has been lots of buzz about CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) possibly finding the Higgs boson all over the web in news reports, blog entries, humorous memes, tweets, etc. Nothing is confirmed yet but the findings look promising.

What is it?
In at nutshell, the Higgs boson is the particle that creates a field (ie the Higgs field) which imparts mass to all other particles as they travel through it. It means that matter matters because it has mass.

So what?
Finding the Higgs is a verifiable Big Deal because without it, the standard model -the prevailing cosmological explanation of the origins and functioning of the universe- collapses and we're left to sort out of a new model of the universe once again.

Why is it referred to as "the God particle"?
Dr. Peter Higgs himself explains why author Leon M. Lederman coined the term (see Library Resources below).

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