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Hunting the Higgs -- live video courtesy of CERN “Perhaps the most momentous day in particle physics of the century”
July 4, 2012
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The Higgs boson holds the promise of beginning to finally elucidate the fundamental origins of mass. "In 2008, scientists fired up the Large Hadron Collider and began searching for the answer to one of the biggest questions in physics: Why do particles have mass? Now, 50 years after Peter Higgs first proposed what became known as the Higgs boson, the various researchers at CERN have the utmost certainty that they have found it."
// "The Standard Model describes the fundamental particles from which we, and every visible thing in the universe, are made, and the forces acting between them. All the matter that we can see, however, appears to be no more than about 4% of the total. A more exotic version of the Higgs particle could be a bridge to understanding the 96% of the universe that remains obscure. “We have reached a milestone in our understanding of nature,” said CERN Director General Rolf Heuer.
"Scientists believe that in the first billionth of a second after the Big Bang, the universe was a gigantic soup of particles racing around at the speed of light without any mass to speak of. It was through their interaction with the Higgs field that they gained mass and eventually formed the universe."
Physicists At CERN Confirm Discovery Of Elusive Higgs Particle Essential To Understanding The Universe: "The discovery of the Higgs boson is the last piece of the puzzle for the Standard Model, which will now likely be refined with further experimentation and potentially pave the way toward even more unification theories. But for now, science has another toolset — like Newton’s Laws of Motion, Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, and quantum mechanics — in which to study the strangeness and mystery of everything that surrounds us. Understanding of other cosmic phenomena, such as dark matter and dark energy, extra dimensions, antimatter, and string theory, will only benefit from this deeper understanding of subatomic particles and the forces that bind them."
// Peter Higgs after conference: "For me it's really an incredible thing that it's happened in my lifetime." See also: Higgs boson
ahah: "you see your best friend. but is it really your best friend? he needs to get closer so you can see." response to the question "how similar is the particle you observed to the particle that Higgs described 50 years ago? -
This is a breakthrough of the century!!! -
Daniel Whiteson, a physics professor at UC Irvine, giving a fuller explanation of the Higgs boson and its discovery using animation
I was somewhat surprised at Peter Higgs' curtness... he could have said a few more words beyond this is their experimental celebration. -
I got the same impression, when was a better time to comment on this discovery if not at that conference... but it's not without a reason they call him "shy and unassuming physicist". :-) -
The Economist Chart: The Higgs boson and a graphic history of particle physics
// Nobel Prize laureate in Physics Steven Weinberg on symmetry and The Big Higgs Question | The New York Review of Book
See also Richard Feynman on the Weirdness of Physical Reality
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