The Higgs Boson: Closer Than Ever Before

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Inside the ATLAS detector at the Large Hadron Collider Inside the ATLAS detector at the Large Hadron Collider (Courtesy of CERN)

The Higgs Boson has eluded scientists for centuries. Modern physicists believe that the discovery of the Higgs Boson could possibly be the most important molecular discovery of our time, and we may have found it.

The director of the world's biggest atom smasher in Geneva said this morning that they've discovered a new subatomic particle, and perhaps finally filled in the missing piece from the long-standing Standard Theory with a particle that scientists have searched for for decades.

Researchers stopped just shy of saying that it's in fact the Higgs Boson, the key to understanding why matter has mass. John Matson is an associate editor at Scientific American.


John Matson

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Comments [4]

Rick Evans from 10473

Why does Celeste insist on pronouncing the word boson as if it show be pronounced bo-sun. Does she say prot(un), electr(un), or neutr(un)?

Jul. 04 2012 06:31 AM
Ed from Larchmont

It reminds me of the day that Einstein's theory was tested in 1919 during an eclipse to see if light was bent as it passed the sun, and by how much, and his theory was validated.

Jul. 04 2012 06:16 AM
Ed from Larchmont

And how beautiful is creation. The more is found out, the more beautiful it is.

Jul. 04 2012 06:07 AM
Ed from Larchmont

Blessed be God! He is so good to us. We kick him around, abuse him, insult him - yet he helps us still to find what we seek, and helped us to find this monumental fact about the physical world. How good is God. What a great day.

Jul. 04 2012 06:05 AM

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