What is the Higgs Boson & Why is it Important?

Scientists at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider have done it–they have announced the existence of a new particle that may be the Higgs Boson. The Higgs would be an important discovery because it might explain why elementary particles have mass and how every substance in the universe was created.

In my post “One Year Old Today & Pondering Creation” (https://touchysubjects.wordpress.com/2011/12/13/one-year-old-today-pondering-creation/) I describe the Higgs Boson, an elusive particle that scientists have been seeking for 50 years, which I repost here:

The Large Hadron Collider at CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) recreates the conditions just after the Big Bang by colliding two beams of light head-on at very high energy (see CERN image below). Teams of physicists then analyse the particles created in the collisions. (…) The Higgs has been popularly labelled the “God particle” because it is an elementary particle hypothesized to be the origin of the mass of all matter. One of the hottest questions in physics today is “What determines the mass of particles?” One theory is that a sort of field or lattice, referred to as the Higgs field, fills the universe. When a particle moves through this field, it creates a distortion that determines the particle’s mass, whether it will be heavy or light. Theoretical physicist John Ellis, one of CERN’s scientists (National Geographic, March 2008) compares the Higgs field to a puddle of mud: some particles that run through the mud have big boots that end up covered in mud while others with little boots barely have any mud.

The Higgs field sounds familiarly like physicist David Bohm’s concept of the implicate universe, the underlying, deeper order of existence that gives birth to all objects in our physical world. If providing particles with mass equals giving birth to objects, then the Higgs field might be the creator of all things—hence god-like.

Good video that explains the Higgs Boson in laymen’s terms:

Videos that explain Higgs Boson with a bit more scientific terminology:

More Information:


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