(SOS/ASAP/WTF) Move over Zeus, there’s a new god in town today with a massively powerful particle.
Today July 04, 2012, the whole world hails the arrival of a new God of Particles, named Higgs, whose powerful particle, the Higgs Bosun is predicted to revolutionize the world with its come-together powers.
Higgs, like all gods, will henceforth go down in history known by a single name, starting with the name of his particle, the so-called Higgs Particle.
But Higgs, unlike the older, more traditional gods, has declined to go by his first name, which is in fact “Peter” or to permit his particle be known as “Peter’s Particle,” despite the obvious alliterative advantage.
“Well all those old gods were related to each other so they had to use their first names. Besides, Higgs-Boson just has much more gravitas. Or in this case, massivitas. Whatever, it’s just more appropriate for this, the one particle to rule them all,” says one god gawker today.
(Also note, it’s not entirely unheard of for gods and goddesses to use their last names or in fact change their names all together over time. For instance, a little known fact, Jupiter’s first name was actually Dougina until his pantheon demanded that he change it. And really, who can blame them?)
So what does this mean for you and your sub-atomic structure?
Well soon, it may be confirmed there is a little Peter – I mean, HIGGS in each of us, uniting the eleven – no wait, I predict one more particle – make that twelve, little disciple particles that make up all our atoms. Every atom, in fact, in the universe. Higgs is everywhere.
But until this new god, Peter Higgs and his god particle are properly tested and confirmed at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland, mortals are invited to address all exhortations and lamentations to “Higgs, God of Particles” and not “Peter the Particle God.”
Although it’s unclear yet how or if Higgs and his particle will respond.
The Higgs boson is a particle theorized to give matter mass. For this reason it is known as “the god particle”. The possible discovery of this particle has left scientists stunned, exited, and cracking jokes. My favorite Higgs joke is this one:
A Higgs boson walks into a church,
“We don’t allow Higgs bosons in here!” shouts the priest.
“But without me, how can you have mass?” asks the particle.
Kinda surprising to realize that no one else has commented on the exiting discovery of the particle that gives matter mass. Consider the supernatural implications of this discovery.
Maybe it’s because most people don’t understand the Higgs field or boson and what it means to science and the world.
I think you nailed it. I know it makes my human head hurt. Is there anything a cyborg like you can tell us that would help?
Thanks for keeping on.
The Higgs field is a feild that permeates (fills) the universe. The Higgs boson is what scientists call the particle that makes up the field. How particles interact with the field determines their mass. Think of the Higgs field like the ocean.. Photons (particles of light) skim across the field like wakeboarders and so have verry little mass. Other particles like protons sink into this field more like boats do. Hope this clears the confusion up at least a little.
Your local physics explaining cyborg,
I think it has more to do with my timing than with anything else. It’s 11 now and it was 12:35 when I posted the first comment. Most people don’t stay on past late 10s unless something exciting is happening.
P5t5r, I’m still here. I have heard of the Higgs Bosun and I’m surprised it’s been proven successful, but what are we going to do with it? We found it, we know it gives matter its mass, now what 😕 ?
Maybe learn how to manipulate it and the Higgs field to controll mass.