The scientific community is elated after the 40 year search for the Higgs- boson, commonly referred to as the god particle, finally concluded yesterday. But many of us not familiar with Peter Higgs or his work may be a bit confused as to why.
Well, you know the stories about Jesus turning water into wine, Moses turning a river into blood with a staff, and Moses parting the Red Sea. This particle gives scientists no further insight into how that would’ve happened.
What it has done is give credence to the theory of the standard model, the theoretical model that describes just about everything observed so far in the world of particle physics.
It has been observed that different particles are responsible for giving matter different properties. One of the most mysterious and important properties is mass.The Higgs-boson, or “God particle,” is the particle which gives mass to matter. Until July 4th, that was only a theory. This discovery is a major milestone in understanding particle physics.
This may sound like an intellectual wet dream, but many of you are still wondering what’s so special about the discovery and how does it relate to your life. Take a look...