The God Particle
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The God Particle may refer to:
- Higgs Boson, a particle in theoretical physics sometimes referred to as the God Particle.
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- The "God particle" is the nickname of a super particle called the Higgs boson. In layman’s terms, different subatomic particles are responsible for giving matter different properties. One of the most mysterious and important properties is mass. Some particles, like protons and neutrons, have mass. Others, like photons, do not. The Higgs boson, or “God particle,” is believed to be the particle which gives mass to matter. The “God particle” nickname grew out of the long, drawn-out struggles of physicists to find this elusive piece of the cosmic puzzle. What follows is a very brief, very simplified explanation of how the Higgs boson fits into modern physics, and how science is attempting to study it.
- The “standard model” of particle physics is a system that attempts to describe the forces, components, and reactions of the basic particles that make up matter. It not only deals with atoms and their components, but the pieces that compose some subatomic particles. This model does have some major gaps, including gravity, and some experimental contradictions. The standard model is still a great method of understanding particle physics, and it continues to improve. The model predicts that there are certain elementary particles even smaller than protons and neutrons. As of the date of this writing, the only particle predicted by the model which has not been experimentally verified is the “Higgs boson,” also referred to as the “God particle.”
- Each from the subatomic particles contributes to the forces that cause all matter interactions. One of the most important, but least understood, aspects of matter is mass. Science is not entirely sure why some particles seem mass-less, like photons, and others are “massive.” The standard model predicts that there is an elementary particle, there in Switzerland, which should be able to confirm or refute the existence of the God particle. As with any scientific discovery, it becomes more and more impressive as we learn more about it. However, a cosmologist, Stephen Hawkings says that the God particle might destroy the earth. However, no one knows how true this is.
- The Large Hadron Collider is built to prove or disapprove the existence of this particle.
- The God Particle: If the Universe Is the Answer, What Is the Question?, a book by Leon M. Lederman and Dick Teresi
- The God Particle, an EP by Shpongle
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