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Nowhere Left to Hide: the Higgs boson.
by caio 1371 days ago  ·  shared by 1
io9.com  ·  #physics
Perhaps next year we'll find out?


by thenewgreen 1371 days ago   ·   link
http://www.phy.uct.ac.za/courses/phy400w/particle/higgs.htm In 1993 the UK science minister challenged physicists to produce a one page answer to the question, what is the Higgs boson and why do we want to find it? -as someone that was unfamiliar with Higgs boson, it was a helpful read.
by mike 1370 days ago   ·   link
Good read, that is. So... Higgs bosons are like aether?

(from the comments: "It's always in the last place you look"; "So the Higgs Boson is under my sofa cushions?")

by AnSionnachRua 1370 days ago   ·   link
You mean the luminiferous aether? It certainly seems like it, at least to an ordinary person like myself. Both were thought up in order to explain gaps in our theories.

Yup: "The postulated Higgs field in the vacuum is a sort of hypothetical lattice which fills our Universe. We need it because otherwise we cannot explain why the Z and W particles which carry the weak interactions are so heavy while the photon which carries electromagnetic forces is massless." (From the second article in newgreen's link).

But then, this is part of how science works.

Excellent link, newgreen, by the way.

by thenewgreen 1021 days ago   ·   link
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by fred 1370 days ago   ·   link
"that's why I always look in the last place first". -also from the comments.
by mk 1365 days ago   ·   link
Awesome link. Bookmarked. I think there should be a sight that is composed of these. Wikipedia is close, but it's interesting to compare how experts explain it.
by thenewgreen 1030 days ago   ·   link
It's right around the corner my friend.
by thenewgreen 1368 days ago   ·   link
Thanks for inspiring this: http://hubski.com/pub?id=2516
by caio 1368 days ago   ·   link
Glad to be of help. ;)
by mk 1365 days ago   ·   link
I love this!:

Both of the LHC fluctuations are at what's known as the two-sigma level - in other words, it's two standard deviations away from just being random chance - while the Fermilab result is one-sigma. Two-sigma means there's better than a 95% chance that there really is something at those energy levels, but even 95% isn't terribly convincing to the physics community. A discovery needs to reach five-sigma levels of certainty, or 99.99994% certain, before it can be considered a discovery.

I went from physics to biology, and it makes me sad what passes for convincing in the biological science community.

Personally, I am betting that there is no Higgs. My guess is we are going to find something else here that further confounds our current model of matter. A physics prof of mine once said something to the extent of: "Consider that mass and gravitational potential are always proportional. Why? We have no reason for this." My gut tells me that mass and gravity are one in the same. Not that particles acquire mass by interacting with a field, but that mass is a relative characteristic, -the quality of interaction of particles.

by phyllotaxis 1364 days ago   ·   link
I suspect you will then find these topics an interesting read: http://knol.google.com/k/einstein-was-wrong-falsifying-obser...

TL;DR: not only is the "Standard" model flawed, but it is substantially so the further we research it.

by martin 1026 days ago   ·   link
Will the announcement tonight only compound an alright flawed model?
by mk 1364 days ago   ·   link
Thanks for this. This itself would be a fantastic post. I've always wondered why a bigger 'to do' wasn't made about our inability to detect gravitational waves. My guess is that it's because gravitation is a faster-than-light quantum condensate-like phenomenon. Not so sure about electric cosmology though. As for the Pioneer probe, it is likely to be anisotropic radiation of its battery. (http://hubski.com/pub?id=2422)
by thenewgreen 1367 days ago   ·   link
Very cool! I'm ready for the suprises.
by caio 1370 days ago   ·   link
This episode of "Through the Wormhole" also discusses the Higgs boson. http://tinyurl.com/2axo7x7
by fred 1369 days ago   ·   link
"Through the Wormhole" is a great series. I had not seen this episode yet. There was a post in the past here about man's greatest engineering feats; I think the large hadron collider at Cern should qualify.
by thenewgreen 1369 days ago   ·   link
I really enjoyed this, thanks. Look forward to either collider finding the Higgs.


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