What is the God Particle? What is this Higgs Boson thing? Wait, why the hell is it even called the “God Particle”…well, it’s not. Settle down class, let WordMean explain this.
So what exactly is the Higgs boson? – More precisely though – why are folks spending billions of dollars to find a scientific particle for whatever reason it may benefit us?
So what does Higgs Boson mean? – Well, that’s easy – Higgs boson is named after the Scottish physicist Peter Higgs.
Take this entirely brief and simplistic article to discover what it is, why it is and why people bothered to nickname it “the God particle”.
In primary school science terms –
· Molecules are made of atoms.
· Atoms are full of sub-atomic particles.
The Higgs boson is the particle in something called the Higgs Field. The Higgs Field gives things a mass (such as a 1kg steak or the 300kg cow that came before the delicious steak). Now, matter burst into existence one-ten-thousandth-of-a-millionth of a second after the Big Bang.
Another example – let’s say nobody cared about this little kid at school who has no mass (let’s just say weight) whatsoever. He becomes famous. Everyone loves him and he becomes a teen sensation. Now, pretend that the more admirers he generates, the (physically) bigger he becomes until he is an unstoppable ginormous blob.
Why is it a “God Particle”?
Pure marketing strategy – it provokes thoughts, controversy and significant meaning to those who hear about it. Put it this way – it’s nicknamed the God Particle in the hopes of encouraging people to consider whether it may or may not prove the existence of a deity. The existence of the Higgs Boson however, will not answer all of the questions related to our being.
Originally it was to be nicknamed the God Damn Particle as it took so god damn long to find, but someone with the cash obviously didn’t want to offend religious people.
Why is it significant?
There is the possibility that we could use – insert scientific jargon here – to our advantage by researching ways to travel Star Trek style to other planets. It takes me over 20 hours to get from Australia to the United Kingdom – but with potential future technology – travelling to another universe within 2 hours may be a reality.