What's up with the Higgs boson?

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What's up with the Higgs boson?

spiced spiced
I saw the news that European scientists think they've found the elusive Higgs boson, a tiny particle that, apparently, has big implications for the understanding of our universe...

But, to be honest, I don't really understand what the big deal about this particle is, exactly. Every time I start to read an in-depth explanation, my eyes start to glaze and I can't stop my mind from wandering away!

Could someone with a keen understanding of science, and a way for putting complicated things simply, explain the Higgs boson to me and other Edenites? I know I'm not the only one who doesn't get it!
03/14/2013
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Sammi Sammi
My understanding of it is that it's the particle that creates a sort of energy field, that draws other particles together to create mass. If there was no mass, the particles (atoms, their components, etc), wouldn't hold together at all, so matter wouldn't exist. Hence the nickname "God particle."
03/15/2013
spiced spiced
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Originally posted by Sammi
My understanding of it is that it's the particle that creates a sort of energy field, that draws other particles together to create mass. If there was no mass, the particles (atoms, their components, etc), wouldn't hold together at all, so ...
Thanks! I CAN understand THAT.

I guess, then, that it's what makes gravity, and the other attractant forces, actually work?
03/16/2013
P'Gell P'Gell
Astrophysics is not a science that is easily understood. I have a cousin who is an astrophysicist and despite the fact that I'm a fairly intelligent person, and I took physics (102) in college (and got an A) I can't understand a lot of what he talks about. (I work in medicine and he can't understand how viruses work as opposed to bacteria as opposed to prions so I guess we're kind of even.)

Here's an article, yeah, it's three pages, but it explains the Higgs Boson in fairly understandable terms. The problem with reading anything scientific, from physics to medicine, is if you don't have the background, the more complicated stuff if going to be more difficult to understand... unless someone explains the basics to you first.

Here is a [good article|link] that explains it as well as one can to lay people. This is the best, most understandable article I've found so far.



OR... there's this....




This is actually part of the equation that describes the Higgs boson. No, I don't get it either... but my husband (an electrical engineer who works with physics a lot) works with a guy who actually pauses the screen when he watches Big Bang Theory and looks for mistakes in the math on the white boards... then he points it out to his kids (who think he's a big dork ) and then emails Big Bang's production company and tells them....

But back to the Higgs Field and the boson it effects, basically, the theory (that afawk has most likely been proven in the last few weeks) completes the Unified Field Theory that Einstein struggled his entire life with and couldn't completer. He didn't have the Colliders and Accelerators we have now, so he was at a loss to complete his Theory... he was right, but lacked the technology to prove it.

We have the technology now, we've been looking for it and it looks like we've found it. Pretty cool stuff. (My nerdy space obsesssed kids were having nerdgasms when they heard...)
03/16/2013
MrWill MrWill
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Originally posted by P'Gell
Astrophysics is not a science that is easily understood. I have a cousin who is an astrophysicist and despite the fact that I'm a fairly intelligent person, and I took physics (102) in college (and got an A) I can't understand a lot of what ...
And then the governments exercised their control and found a way to turn the Higgs field off, and the most horrible weapon ever invented was created.



think about it: If you could shut the Higgs field down for even a few seconds in a confined area... EVERYTHING would die/disintegrate/turn into a puddle of homogenous universal material goop.
03/16/2013
P'Gell P'Gell
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Originally posted by MrWill
And then the governments exercised their control and found a way to turn the Higgs field off, and the most horrible weapon ever invented was created.



think about it: If you could shut the Higgs field down for even a few seconds in a ...
That's more improbable than being able to universally turn off gravity...
03/16/2013
jr2012 jr2012
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Originally posted by MrWill
And then the governments exercised their control and found a way to turn the Higgs field off, and the most horrible weapon ever invented was created.



think about it: If you could shut the Higgs field down for even a few seconds in a ...
I would still visit the Large Hadron Collider in a hot second! That's bucket list material there.
03/16/2013
spiced spiced
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Originally posted by P'Gell
Astrophysics is not a science that is easily understood. I have a cousin who is an astrophysicist and despite the fact that I'm a fairly intelligent person, and I took physics (102) in college (and got an A) I can't understand a lot of what ...
Thank you! That's EXACTLY the kind of link I was hoping to find. I think I'm really going to get this; after all, it ain't rocket science— well, you know what I mean.
03/16/2013
MrWill MrWill
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Originally posted by P'Gell
That's more improbable than being able to universally turn off gravity...
Improbable doesn't mean impossible. Besides, we know the world governments like to blow money on things that aren't probable or possible. lol
03/16/2013
PassionCpl PassionCpl
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Originally posted by P'Gell
Astrophysics is not a science that is easily understood. I have a cousin who is an astrophysicist and despite the fact that I'm a fairly intelligent person, and I took physics (102) in college (and got an A) I can't understand a lot of what ...
Excellent post! I've got an interest in this but books like 'A Brief History of Time' are about my limit for what I can easily follow so that link was great
03/16/2013
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