CERN - Scientists say new particle is Higgs boson

Discussion in 'Philosophy' started by johnsweeting, Jul 4, 2012.

  1. johnsweeting
    Offline

    johnsweeting Member

    Joined:
    Oct 19, 2011
    Messages:
    40
    Thanks Received:
    9
    Trophy Points:
    6
    Ratings:
    +9
    Some good news today for us that believe in science and care for actual evidence.


    Scientists said Wednesday that they had discovered a new particle whose characteristics match those of the Higgs boson, the most sought-after particle in physics, which could help unlock some of the universe's deepest secrets.
    "We have reached a milestone in our understanding of nature," said Rolf Heuer, the director general of the European Organization for Nuclear Research, which has been carrying out experiments in search of the Higgs boson at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world's largest particle accelerator.
    "The discovery of a particle consistent with the Higgs boson opens the way to more detailed studies, requiring larger statistics, which will pin down the new particle's properties, and is likely to shed light on other mysteries of our universe," said Heuer.

    Announcements by scientists about their analysis of data generated by trillions of particle collisions in the LHC drew avid applause at an eagerly awaited seminar in Geneva, Switzerland, on Wednesday.
    The Swiss presentation comes after researchers in Illinois said earlier this week scientists that they had crept closer to proving that the particle exists but had been unable to reach a definitive conclusion.

    Finding the Higgs boson would help explain the origin of mass, one of the open questions in physicists' current understanding of the way the universe works.
    The particle has been so difficult to pin down that the physicist Leon Lederman reportedly wanted to call his book "The Goddamn Particle." But he truncated that epithet to "The God Particle," which may have helped elevate the particle's allure in popular culture.
    Experts say finding the elusive particle would rank as one of the top scientific achievements of the past 50 years.

    The Higgs boson is part of a theory first proposed by physicist Peter Higgs and others in the 1960s to explain how particles obtain mass.

    The theory proposes that a so-called Higgs energy field exists everywhere in the universe. As particles zoom around in this field, they interact with and attract Higgs bosons, which cluster around the particles in varying numbers.
    Imagine the universe like a party. Relatively unknown guests at the party can pass quickly through the room unnoticed; more popular guests will attract groups of people (the Higgs bosons) who will then slow their movement through the room.
    The speed of particles moving through the Higgs field works much in the same way. Certain particles will attract larger clusters of Higgs bosons - and the more Higgs bosons a particle attracts, the greater its mass will be.
     
  2. Trajan
    Offline

    Trajan conscientia mille testes

    Joined:
    Jun 17, 2010
    Messages:
    29,048
    Thanks Received:
    4,751
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    The Bay Area Soviet
    Ratings:
    +4,756
    will it tell us what happened to judge crater or jimmy hoffa?
     
  3. Moonglow
    Offline

    Moonglow Diamond Member

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2011
    Messages:
    81,477
    Thanks Received:
    7,985
    Trophy Points:
    1,870
    Location:
    sw mizzouri
    Ratings:
    +29,322
    well there goes the boher atom
     
  4. Mad Scientist
    Offline

    Mad Scientist Deplorable Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2008
    Messages:
    23,938
    Thanks Received:
    5,211
    Trophy Points:
    270
    Ratings:
    +7,678
    "Believe in Science". Yeah no Faith goin' on there!

    :rofl::rofl::rofl:
     
  5. waltky
    Offline

    waltky Wise ol' monkey Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2011
    Messages:
    20,801
    Thanks Received:
    1,789
    Trophy Points:
    215
    Location:
    Okolona, KY
    Ratings:
    +3,865
    possum found it once but Granny made him give it back to ol' man Higgs...
    :redface:
    CERN chief firmer on 'God particle'
    Jan 26,`13 -- The world should know with certainty by the middle of this year whether a subatomic particle discovered by scientists is a long-sought Higgs boson, the head of the world's largest atom smasher said Saturday.

     
  6. waltky
    Offline

    waltky Wise ol' monkey Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2011
    Messages:
    20,801
    Thanks Received:
    1,789
    Trophy Points:
    215
    Location:
    Okolona, KY
    Ratings:
    +3,865
    Granny says dat's good - now dey won't blow up the world...
    :redface:
    LHC switches off for two-year break
    14 February 2013 - The repairs to magnet wiring will occur over the LHC's whole 27km circumference
     
  7. konradv
    Online

    konradv Gold Member

    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2010
    Messages:
    22,547
    Thanks Received:
    2,554
    Trophy Points:
    280
    Location:
    Baltimore
    Ratings:
    +5,662
    Just because they call it the "God" particle, doesn't mean the article belongs in this forum.
     
  8. konradv
    Online

    konradv Gold Member

    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2010
    Messages:
    22,547
    Thanks Received:
    2,554
    Trophy Points:
    280
    Location:
    Baltimore
    Ratings:
    +5,662
    What about science don't you seem to understand and is that what turned you "mad"? :cool:
     
  9. Underhill
    Offline

    Underhill Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2013
    Messages:
    878
    Thanks Received:
    88
    Trophy Points:
    28
    Location:
    Nowhere, WNY
    Ratings:
    +88
    Agreed. Even the author of the book with that title said it's a silly name and not really relevant.
     
  10. Truthmatters
    Offline

    Truthmatters BANNED

    Joined:
    May 10, 2007
    Messages:
    80,182
    Thanks Received:
    2,223
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Ratings:
    +2,233
    You need a link in you post OP
     

Share This Page