Physicists Find the Higgs Boson (aka the ‘God Particle’)

The quest for the crucial subatomic partical known as the Higgs Boson has been successful, researchers said:

CernThey made the statement following study of the data gathered last year from the world's largest atom-smasher, which lies beneath the Swiss-French border outside Geneva. The European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, said that what they found last year was, indeed, a version of what is popularly referred to as the "God particle."

Joe Incandela, who heads one of the two main teams at CERN that each involve several thousand scientists, said in a statement that "it is clear that we are dealing with a Higgs boson though we still have a long way to go to know what kind of Higgs boson it is."

Comments

  1. UFFDA says

    Whatever it is the Higgs Boson or its equivalent is active in the thought processes of the brain/mind because a thought is a “thing” which, when repeated consistently, evokes experience and brings about the existence of physical manifestation. CERN should’ve called me before they dug themselves in billionarian circles.

  2. iban4yesu says

    So, where are those doomsayers who were saying that the CERN-created black hole would swallow the Earth, now? LOL. The fear is the enemy of the scientific advancement! (Do you hear,the Vatican? Let’s hope that the ghost of Copernicus will bite that asinine Argentinian’s ass on his first night there! LOL)

  3. iowan says

    Two points: 1. It is likely a Higgs boson, but not necessarily the one the media calls the God Particle.
    2. No physicists call it the “God Particle”, except in derision (focused at the media)
    It would be nice if the media dropped the fake, sensationalist moniker.

  4. Randy says

    “something doesn’t materialize from nothing”

    That appears to be false. Experiments have shown that pairs of particles appear and disappear all the time in “empty” space.

  5. ratbastard says

    @Randy,

    How? Explain if you can,please.

    Sorry, I don’t believe our world or any other world suddenly was created out of a void, our of nothingness. Even calling it a void or emptiness doesn’t really do it justice, it’s both more and less than that. Our brains really can’t adequately conceptualize it, same as we really can’t adequately understand and conceptualize a ‘God’ or supreme being.

  6. DMT says

    @ratbastard:

    Think of it this way. The energy in “empty” space is zero, right? Physicists used to think this was true until quantum mechanics, The Uncertainty Principle of quantum mechanics says that the more accurately we can know the energy, the less accurately we know the time. And vice versa.

    So the shorter the time period over which we make our measurement, the more uncertain is the value of the energy. This explains the existence of virtual particles. They can spontaneioulsly appear out of empty space, but over only a limited amount of time. For per Heisenberg’s formula, a virtual electron and virtual positron, each of mass 9.11×10^^-31 Kg, can pop up and remain in existence for no longer than 3.22×10^^-22 seconds. One virtual particle has positive energy and one has negative energy, so the average energy remains zero.

    So, yes, in this sense, something (virtual particles) can come from nothing (empty space). And physicists have speculated that the big bang was a quantum fluctuation, effectively creating our universe.

    See links:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_particle

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Bang

  7. says

    “A void” & “nothingness” never existed ion our understanding of existence.

    Even to talk about the existence of “nothingness” is a contradiction and is beyond ‘carbon based beings’ understanding.

    I think I agree with @ RATBASTARD on that ( if that’s what he’s saying).

  8. ratbastard says

    @DMT,

    I appreciate what you posted. I guess I still have a problem with the concept of emptiness in the scientific sense, let alone the philosophical one.

  9. anon says

    Higgs are not virtual particles in the traditional sense. The main issue here is that the standard model has been upheld and many versions of string theory (especially super-particle theories) are in trouble.

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