(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.