What is the Higgs Boson?

Scientists behind Sixty Symbols (Ed Copeland, Roger Bowley and Tony Padilla from the University of Nottingham) are doing their best to answer what actually is the Higgs Boson.

Named after Peter Higgs, an Edinburgh University physicist, the Higgs boson is crucial to understanding the origin of mass. The Higgs boson is a hypothetical elementary particle predicted by the Standard Model of particle physics. It belongs to a class of particles known as bosons, characterized by an integer value of their spin quantum number.

The Higgs field is a quantum field with a non-zero value that fills all of space, and explains why fundamental particles such as quarks and electrons have mass. The Higgs boson is an excitation of the Higgs field above its ground state.

Experiments to determine whether the Higgs boson exists are currently being performed using the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN.

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  • Hghghg

    I’m delighted it has been found…. for too long people have put things they didn’t understand down to “Jesus did it” I have a huge distaste for every religion because they are all man made and are basically cults no matter which way you look at it… in anyway before people start annihilating this comment let me just say this…

    im not religious but that doesn’t mean i dont believe that we were made by some intelligent force or life form…. we know to little to say definitively and im fairly sure we will never know at least not for thousands of years…

    My point is all religions have done is kill and take and the people at the top profit …

    (and all the people who believe in them get, is piece of mind about being loved and that they will be taken care of when they die )

     hopefully with the help of this discovery we might at least be looking in the right direction to furthering our species intelligence and break free from the strangle hold of certain religious cultures who’s aims (Historically and evidently) is to make money and segregate community’s…

    Science rocks! :)

    • JoinTheRealms

      Agree x2. also didn’t know they had found it. Good job mainstream media lol

      • FlemishFrites

        They did report on it. They called it “the god particle”. I felt like killing myself.

  • Aquarius chic

    Good Science RULES :)

  • stor314

    @b8d09cfb6dfc1157a46043018e25fdbe:disqus , as you, I dislike the notion of god as a “god of the (knowledge) gap”, but unlike you, I understand science and faith relate to fundamentally different realms that present neither inherent conflict nor exclusion – neither should or could hinder the other. In the least, as you said, we simply know too little to be able to assert that validity of the one implies invalidity of the other.

    We live in a broken world, I believe the Crusades, Inquisition, torture of Galileo etc. were no more God-driven than WWII, the Cultural Revolution, or the Khmer Rouge regime, but in spite of these, it remains an immense leap of logic to conclude that belief in God necessarily equates to a desire to “kill and take and … profit… and segregate”.

    Science and faith relate to very different realities, discovery of the awe-inspiring natural world increases our knowledge and appreciation, it does little to increase our intelligence or invalidate my faith. Regards.

    • tomregit

      “We live in a broken world, I believe the Crusades, Inquisition, torture of Galileo etc. were no more God-driven than WWII, the Cultural Revolution, or the Khmer Rouge regime”

      If you mean that god himself did not directly cause the crusades etc, as an atheist, I would agree. However the belief in a christian god is most certainly a direct cause. The threat of torture to Galileo and the actual torture of heretics stems from differences in interpretation of church doctrine (more accurately, dogma). To say belief in a god had nothing to with the crusades is a “unique” idea that leaves me speechless. Religion is not the root of all evil, but denying the evil done in it’s name is disingenuous.

  • Jackmeoff

    “Some particles have mass, and some don’t.”  Wow. Sounds like something I’ve already known. Some humans have, and some have not. Some humans have mass, and some don’t. Look at the Americans and the Brits…..they have MASS. Right around the waist line. All this wonderful science and we still can’t just get along and share. This knowledge is useless in today’s world because it won’t do anything to free us from the confines of our own minds, our own prisons. If anything it will simply be co opted into the power structure’s plan for the NWO. If you think otherwise, you is a BIG ASS FOOL. Don’t like those words? Truth hurts, doesn’t it? Or, meet me outside, and I’ll give ya a big New Jersey ass whoopin’. Hoboken style. Ya geek.

    • snuckle

      “This knowledge is useless in today’s world because it won’t do anything to free us from the confines of our own minds, our own prisons” – spoken like a true clairvoyant…. sorry, did I say ‘clairvoyant’? I meant arsehole. 

  • JackCool

    Nikola Tesla and Lord Kelvin aka J.J. Thomson told you 100 years ago -” mankind one of Natures most abundant and inexhaustible gifts of free energy is free ether” or if you like “quantum field(dimension) with a non-zero value(energy) that fills all of(free) space”. :) Research People.. be inspired

  • vonvonic

    We still know nothing. That’s the only thing to be learned from this. The human mind is an amazing thing according to yep, the human mind…

  • thedilema

    my dad is actually the higgs boson which gives mass to everthing.

  • http://www.themurrayfieldbuildingcompany.co.uk/ Keith

    What is to be gained by knowing all this?