'God Particle' Expected to Be Found Soon

Apr 08, 2008 By ALEXANDER G. HIGGINS, Associated Press Writer
'God Particle' Expected to Be Found Soon (AP)
Emeritus professor at the University of Edinburgh, British Peter Higgs, speaks during a press conference on the sideline of his visit to the European Organization for Nuclear Research CERN, on April 7, 2008 in Geneva. Higgs is best known for his theory explaining the origin of mass of elementary particles in general and the Higgs Boson in particular. CERN is expected to put into service in the summer 2008 the massive Large Hadron Collider LHC, the largest scientific instrument ever made which will determine the existence of the Higgs Boson. (AP Photo/Keystone, Fabrice Coffrini)

(AP) -- The father of a theoretical subatomic particle dubbed "the God particle" says he's almost sure it will be confirmed in the next year in a race between powerful research equipment in the United States and Europe.



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TimESimmons
5 / 5 (1) Apr 08, 2008
I hope that's just a very poor analogy - not the basis of the theory! Inertia is nothing like passing through molasses!
jrmontag
1 / 5 (1) Apr 08, 2008
did anyone else find it amusing that this article was written by Alexander HIGGins? :)
out7x
1 / 5 (1) Apr 10, 2008
Mass is defined by string vibration energy. Higgs explains the weak force(not even mentioned in this poorly written article).
Ragtime
not rated yet Apr 10, 2008
The Higgs boson explanation of particle mass is quite dubious. We should realize, the real Higgs mechanism just increases the particle mass, but it doesn't create it from scratch at all. The true source of mass remains the inertial environment itself.

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This doesn't mean, in vacuum foam some analogy of Higgs mechanism cannot manifest itself, because the quantum foam is somewhat simmilar to lattice in solid state - but to assume, the Higgs boson is the true source of particle mass is quite naive. Because the vacuum foam is recursivelly nested, we should expect the observation of whole family of Higgs bosons, in fact.

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