Thursday, July 5, 2012

god spoke through CERN: here's the higgs boson

as we've been discussing in class, the most important news go under the carpet, few people paying attention to them. we live too preoccupied with our daily noises. this is great news!
Confirmation of the Higgs boson or something very much like it would constitute a rendezvous with destiny for a generation of physicists who have believed in the boson for half a century without ever seeing it. The finding affirms a grand view of a universe described by simple and elegant and symmetrical laws — but one in which everything interesting, like ourselves, results from flaws or breaks in that symmetry. According to the Standard Model, the Higgs boson is the only manifestation of an invisible force field, a cosmic molasses that permeates space and imbues elementary particles with mass. Particles wading through the field gain heft the way a bill going through Congress attracts riders and amendments, becoming ever more ponderous.Without the Higgs field, as it is known, or something like it, all elementary forms of matter would zoom around at the speed of light, flowing through our hands like moonlight. There would be neither atoms nor life.
of course, as with crucial discoveries, this is just the beginning. now comes the process of understanding and recalibrating theories with empirical results.