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Has the Higgs Boson finally been discovered?


Posted on Thursday, 21 June, 2012 | Comment icon 25 comments | News tip by: WolfBane


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Rumours in science circles suggest that a Higgs-Boson announcement may come very soon indeed.

Physicists have been using the Large Hadron Collider to locate the elusive particle for years and now it seems that the search might have finally paid off. An increasing number of rumours are circulating suggesting that the Higgs-Boson has been found and that an announcement could be made at the International Conference on High Energy Physics in Australia between July 4th and July 11th.

"The bottom line though is now clear: There’s something there which looks like a Higgs is supposed to look," mathematician Peter Woit wrote on his blog.

"Ever since tantalizing hints of the Higgs turned up in December at the Large Hadron Collider, scientists there have been busily analyzing the results of their energetic particle collisions to further refine their search."

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Comment icon #16 Posted by Framling on 23 June, 2012, 1:33
If we can figure out (exactly) how the universe was created do you take that to mean the universe wasn't really created? When did we figure that out exactly? Aren't we still putting the most important pieces of this puzzle together? eta Genesis will need to be rewritten. "And on the night before God created the earth, he created the big bang."
Comment icon #17 Posted by sepulchrave on 23 June, 2012, 3:10
eta Genesis will need to be rewritten. "And on the night before God created the earth, he created the big bang." If they were going to rewrite the Bible, I would recommend starting with 1 Kings 7:23 where it alludes to the circumference of a particular circle being 30 cubits and the diameter being 10 cubits (suggesting that pi = 3). Or, I suppose, one could interpret the Bible as an allegorical collection of morality tales and the history of a particular tribe of people, and not as literal and exact truth about the Universe.
Comment icon #18 Posted by Framling on 23 June, 2012, 3:48
If they were going to rewrite the Bible, I would recommend starting with 1 Kings 7:23 where it alludes to the circumference of a particular circle being 30 cubits and the diameter being 10 cubits (suggesting that pi = 3). Or, I suppose, one could interpret the Bible as an allegorical collection of morality tales and the history of a particular tribe of people, and not as literal and exact truth about the Universe. True. Archimedes computed pi to three decimles hundreds of years before jesus was born. The egyptions figured it at 3.16 over 1500 years before he was supossedly born. Why didn't god... [More]
Comment icon #19 Posted by ranrod on 23 June, 2012, 6:42
True. Archimedes computed pi to three decimles hundreds of years before jesus was born. The egyptions figured it at 3.16 over 1500 years before he was supossedly born. Why didn't god know pi? Damnit. Now I'm hungry. From the Christian point of view, you can't change the words of the bible so you have to change its interpretation or the concept of reality around it. "And God said, Let there be light", obviously meant the big bang. See? The bible is infallible. Sure, by that point, the heavens and earth had already been created, but obviously that referred to the underlying structure of the univ... [More]
Comment icon #20 Posted by escher7 on 23 June, 2012, 13:32
The idea that Higgs will give us all the answers is of course silly. Will it tell us where the soul is? Or what is on the other side of the universe? Or if we are just an garden experiment of a species living in a higher plane? Sorry. Like the discovery of the atom, there will always be some place else to look or go. Of course we have to keep looking.
Comment icon #21 Posted by Framling on 23 June, 2012, 18:55
From the Christian point of view, you can't change the words of the bible so you have to change its interpretation or the concept of reality around it. "And God said, Let there be light", obviously meant the big bang. See? The bible is infallible. Sure, by that point, the heavens and earth had already been created, but obviously that referred to the underlying structure of the universe, not literally the rock that is this planet. The heavens could have been created since that's intangible. Now according to Kings, pi is 3, but that is obviously referring to a structure that our puny human brain... [More]
Comment icon #22 Posted by Render on 24 June, 2012, 7:51
are ppl seriously still discussing religion in a thread that has nothing to do with any form of religion? Weak. nothing, because it has nothing to do with religion. The god-particle is a poorly chosen term. It refers to the godlike quality of the particle because it would be responsible for giving ALL matter the property of mass. And since it's the missing piece of the standard model puzzle it means a lot. But it has NOTHING to do with god or religion...nothing nothing nothing. But it has NOTHING to do with god or religion...nothing nothing nothing. nothing nothing nothing.
Comment icon #23 Posted by libstaK on 24 June, 2012, 8:06
I agree with Render, this is not about religion it is about the material universe and mass - it's about a step forward in science, I say let's just applaud that without confusing the issue with conjecture about "God" and "Creation".
Comment icon #24 Posted by Blizno on 24 June, 2012, 23:35
#20 Posted by escher7 on 23 June, 2012, 13:32 "The idea that Higgs will give us all the answers is of course silly." I must have missed something. When did anybody say that finding evidence of the existence of the Higgs Boson would "give us all the answers"?
Comment icon #25 Posted by Blizno on 24 June, 2012, 23:50
The god-particle is a poorly chosen term. It refers to the godlike quality of the particle because it would be responsible for giving ALL matter the property of mass. And since it's the missing piece of the standard model puzzle it means a lot. But it has NOTHING to do with god or religion...nothing nothing nothing. Leon Lederman, Director Emeritus of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, called it the "goddamn particle" because it was so difficult to detect. His publisher changed it to the "god particle" to avoid offending people. Of course the Higgs Boson has nothing to do with gods.


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