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The God Particle Explained. What is the Higgs Boson?

What is the Higgs Boson and the mud tracking theory?
It is often described as the hypothetical smallest building block of life.  They seem to have a stickyness to them, there is a mud tracking theory where, if you move a quark through a "puddle of Higgs bosons" it will ENLARGE IN MASS as someone tracking mud. this doesn't seem to work with other "lighter/smoother" particles moving through the same mud field, such as electrons, etc."  See the video below.

Why is it called the "God Particle"?
It seems to come from a book written in the 90's that speaks of an ancient questions, dating back to greek philosophers.  The question of what is the base layer? What is the indivisible particle?  The book has the Douglas Adams-ish title of  "The God Particle: If the Universe is the Answer, What is the Question?"
The God Particle: If the Universe Is the Answer, What Is the Question?The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Didn't we discover the Higgs Boson? And what are we doing to prove this theory?
We have built some giant sci-fi looking machines that might help us to prove the existence of the HB.  Once such place is the CERN lab and their Hadron Collider (reported to cost over $10 Billion) in Switzerland.  Hopefully the particle will not be to normal, as some people expect, we have had a few alarms in the past.  There are also differing opinions that should be considered, such as the fact that some of this may be over hyped - article -

The video below talks about the previously leaked memo re: the discovery of the particle at CERN.

Tevitron at Fermilab, located in Illinois, has also reported an anomaly in their data, that they hope may show the Higgs boson.

Why is this important?  What do we get out of it?
According to Bob D's comments on Science and Mathematics, "The Higg’s boson (or something like it) is an absolutely essential piece of knowledge necessary to complete the Standard Model Of Particle Physics and make complete sense of nature. A completed SMOPP could lead to a TOE or theory of everything (a unification of the four known forces of nature). With a TOE in hand, new insight might be had into the manipulation of matter and energy in ways yet undreamed of; thus, opening up new technologies and equally new pathways to the future."

Here's a TED TALK from a while back if you would like to know more about the Hadron Collider - Enjoy.

Did we just find it?! 

7/4/2012 - "AP's take on Incandela's presentation.
One of the two independent teams at the world's biggest atom smasher says it has found strong evidence of a new subatomic particle that looks like the one believed to give all matter in the universe size and shape.
Joe Incandela, leader of one of the teams, told scientists at the European Center for Nuclear Research, or CERN, that the data has reached the level of certainty needed for a discovery.
But he has not yet confirmed that the new particle is indeed the tiny and elusive Higgs boson, popularly referred to as the "God particle."

 up to date coverage here...

Latest Leaked video

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Another simple video explanation attempt on the old HB.  


1 comment:

Webhost said...

Just when we were about to give up on the Higgs, they found a few hints of it. check it.