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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  • Monkey See Monkey Do

    Strange pink elephant 😀

  • charlieprimero

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

    • Calypso_1

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

    • Whaaaat?

      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??

      • charlieprimero

         “They” being scientists who fund their intellectual hobbies via tax violence instead of via producing useful products and services to sell.

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        • Haystack

          Some people think that knowledge has value in itself, but in any event you can’t get useful products, medical advances and so on without investing to some degree in pure research. Electricity and magnetism were just “pretty mathematics” when we were first probing into them, but now you have a computer. 

        • Andrew

          “Tax violence?”  Please.  Money is speech, not part of your body.

  • wightreklus

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

    • Calypso_1

      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.

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    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-

    • De Carabas

       It was referred to as “That god-damn particle.” in an interview. The paper in question refused to print that quote so it was shortened to “god particle.”

      • Trep

        According to Wikipedia, it was Leon Lederman’s book that had the abbreviated title.

    • http://twitter.com/DanielReasor Daniel Reasor

       The nickname has nothing to do with the particle’s properties and everything to do with its history of eluding detection via instrumentation.

    • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

      ahh. Good to know.

    • Mike

       becasue they were not allowed to call it the Goddamn particle.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rthoneunomia.celine Threedinium

    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?