Higgs Boson ‘God’ Particle Discovered – And Explained

CERN has indicated that after many false starts, it has finally found proof of the elusive “God Particle,” a/k/a the Higgs boson. It’s widely being hailed as the most significant scientific discovery of our generation, etc.

But what exactly is it? We thought this video about CERN’s operation of the Large Hadron Collider might be especially useful:

The Higgs Boson Explained from PHD Comics on Vimeo.

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20 Comments on "Higgs Boson ‘God’ Particle Discovered – And Explained"

  1. Monkey See Monkey Do | Jul 4, 2012 at 9:58 am |

    Strange pink elephant 😀

  2. charlieprimero | Jul 4, 2012 at 10:02 am |

    I will have faith in their pretty math after they cure bone cancer.

    • Calypso_1 | Jul 4, 2012 at 10:12 am |

      If the political will was in place to allow the stem cell research that might just happen

    • Whaaaat? | Jul 4, 2012 at 1:42 pm |

      Who’s they? You want particle physicists to retrain as medical scientists? Who’s gonna take care of particle physics? Why don’t You train as a medical scientist and do your bit for the cause??

  3. wightreklus | Jul 4, 2012 at 10:39 am |

    …(still) in search of the Ultimate-Funding particle

    • Calypso_1 | Jul 4, 2012 at 1:28 pm |

      What about the ultimate-fudie particle.  We can call it the Son of God particle and through it we can be transmogrified into beings inhabiting an eternal 144^3 cubits dimesion.

  4. You know I was always curious why they called it the God Particle, why not something like the “force” particle 
    (maybe give starwars fans something to think about)  or “gravity” particle.

    Also they think they probably found it, they still haven’t pinned down all the properties to determine if it conforms precisely to the theory, but they believe they definitely found -something-

  5. I read on the website they haven’t finished analysing the results yet. I’m deeply unfamiliar with laboratory proceedure but shouldn’t you at least finish up before cracking open the champagne?

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