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Did Homer discover the Higgs Boson ?

March 2, 2015 | Comment icon 9 comments

The bizarre coincidence relates to a 1998 episode of The Simpsons. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 4.0 Rhbrakman
The popular Simpsons character apparently calculated the particle's mass 14 years before its discovery.
He might not be the sharpest tool in the box and would be the last person you'd think of when it comes to making groundbreaking scientific discoveries, yet in a bizarre twist the fictional Springfield resident somehow managed to come up with an equation to calculate the mass of the elusive Higgs Boson a full 14 years before the particle was officially discovered by scientists at Cern.

The formula was featured in the 1998 episode "The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace" in which Homer writes it on a blackboard.

"A lot of the writers on The Simpsons are mathematicians," said Simon Singh, author of The Simpsons and their Mathematical Secrets.
"That equation predicts the mass of the Higgs boson. If you work it out, you get the mass of a Higgs boson that's only a bit larger than the nano-mass of a Higgs boson actually is."

Whether the writers even knew what the equation was about at the time remains unclear but it's certainly remarkable that it would to come to hold such significance over a decade later.

Perhaps Homer will further explore his newfound mathematical prowess in a future episode.

Source: Telegraph | Comments (9)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Taun 7 years ago
The difference being that Physicists have come up with the mass of the Higgs Bosun... While Homer came up with "Donut... MMmmm!"
Comment icon #2 Posted by joc 7 years ago
Are you sure that isn't a scam? Possibly...a scamola?
Comment icon #3 Posted by OverSword 7 years ago
There actually are PHD consultants that do work for Futurama maybe one of them was moonlighting for the Simpsons.
Comment icon #4 Posted by ancient astronaut 7 years ago
Comment icon #5 Posted by bubblykiss 7 years ago
Well science, now you know how South Park feels when everybody says The Simpsons already did it first.
Comment icon #6 Posted by ChaosRose 7 years ago
It doesn't matter whether it's true or not. That is hilarious.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Aardvark-DK 7 years ago
Ok..hmm Homer as a Rocket scientist...I mean space Scientist ? Give Homer a donut, comfy chair and a red button labeled "Press this"....
Comment icon #8 Posted by Misanthropic 7 years ago
Probably just a coincidence but a crazy one at that. "To start press any key... Where's the any key?"
Comment icon #9 Posted by chopmo 7 years ago
Maybe Homer decided to break the barrier and do something no cartoonoid has ever done. This is of coarse after finally snapping near brinking from Insanity, driven there from hearing "Flinstones did it, Flinstones did it" every minute of his life. There's going to be a few people to scrape off the floor tomorrow.

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