Tribute to the Higgs boson particle (sometime called the “God Particle”)

Posted: March 14, 2013 in Commentary, Inspiration, Nature, Science
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HiggsThis is my tiny tribute to what may eventually become one of the biggest scientific discoveries in our lifetimes. Scientists at CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) today confirmed the discovery of the Higgs boson particle. I am not a particle physicist but as I understand this discovery has the possibility of opening new opportunities for research and discovery of the same order of magnitude that accompanied the discovery and understanding of the electron (i.e., the hope is that in demonstrating that the long hypothesized Higgs Field exists it may lead to discoveries in a way akin to the way that the discovery and understanding of electrons eventually led to the multiple uses we make of electromagnetic fields). I do know that the Higgs boson has been pursued by scientists for many years and in order to find it they have built larger and larger particle accelerators. The discovery of the Higgs boson particle was made at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider, which is a 17 mile underground ring located in France and Switzerland. It is used to accelerate protons to close to the speed of light before colliding them together to break them apart and learn about what they are made of.

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