Saturday, July 7, 2012

The "God"damn Particle

Physicists at CERN discovered what they think is the Higgs boson...but that does not prove the existence of God! The Higgs boson is nicknamed the "God Particle" after Leon Lederman's book,
The God Particle: If the Universe Is the Answer, What Is the Question? Lederman actually wanted to name the particle that "goddamn particle" (because It’s been that frustrating to find) but his editor wouldn't let him. Lederman gave this name to the particle because he felt it is "so central to the state of physics today, so crucial to our understanding of the structure of matter, yet so elusive, that I have given it a nickname ..." I like this statement from free thought blogs, "It’s not proof of God, it’s not evidence for an intelligent creator entity, if anything it could help us understand how the fuse on the Big Bang was lit without a God".

P.S. For those of you who don't know what the Higgs boson is..... "the existence of the Higgs boson and the associated Higgs field explain why the other massive elementary particles in the standard model have their mass". And what's are bosons? Bosons are subatomic particles with integer spin and obey Bose–Einstein statistics. And for Hadron's...These particles are combinations of quarks. They have mass and reside in the nucleus. The two most common examples of hadrons are protons and neutrons.
Large Hadron Collider

The Higgs boson particle was found using the Large Hadron Collider (the world's most powerful atom smasher) at CERN, which smashes beams of protons together.

A recent poll from the Guardian showed that 83% of people think that now that scientist have discovered the Higgs boson that people should stop referring to it as the "God particle".


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