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Is the hunt for the God Particle over ?

Posted on Sunday, 3 June, 2012 | Comment icon 23 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


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CERN director Rolf Heuer has said that scientists will soon know if the God Particle exists or not.

With a verdict expected before the end of the year, the hunt for the elusive particle may be coming to its end with plans to turn off the Large Hadron Collider once a conclusion is reached. "If the Large Hadron Collider continues to work I know we have enough collisions to produce enough signals to identify the Higgs Boson," said Heuer. "We will know by the end of this year whether it exists or whether it is non-existent."

Discovery of the particle could open up a whole new chapter in physics and help scientists to understand the conditions that existed at the beginning of the universe. "This would be a huge discovery that after 50 years we are able to describe the visible universe," Heuer added.

"Scientists will know by the end of this year whether the so-called God Particle exists and the Large Hadron Collider will be switched off, according to Rolf Heuer, the director of CERN."

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Comment icon #14 Posted by Sumer on 5 June, 2012, 21:33
What was 'responsible' for the Big Bang was at least one other thing reacting with the thing that we know about and are within. The reaction caused a ripple effect. This universe is a product of interaction causing reaction. (((@))) be more specific
Comment icon #15 Posted by WilliamW on 5 June, 2012, 21:38
be more specific Yep...I edited...is that 'more specific'? What was 'responsible' for the Big Bang was at least one other thing reacting with the thing that we know about and are within. The reaction caused a ripple effect. This universe is a product of interaction causing reaction. (((@))) This 'at least one other thing' had to have come from OUTSIDE of the known physical universe in order to have created the initial reaction. If it was merely a spontaneous mystical happening then such happenings would be evident throughout nature...they are not. All happenings can be sourced to reactions. Ev... [More]
Comment icon #16 Posted by Sumer on 5 June, 2012, 21:44
Yep...I edited...is that 'more specific'? ahh... the ad hoc thingy
Comment icon #17 Posted by WilliamW on 5 June, 2012, 22:27
In science and philosophy, ad hoc means the addition of extraneous hypotheses to a theory to save it from being falsified. Ad hoc hypotheses compensate for anomalies not anticipated by the theory in its unmodified form. Scientists are often skeptical of theories that rely on frequent, unsupported adjustments to sustain them. Ad hoc hypotheses are often characteristic of pseudoscientific subjects.[1] Much of Ad hoc hypotheses are not necessarily incorrect, however. An interesting example of an apparently supported ad hochypothesis was Albert Einstein's addition of the cosmological constant to g... [More]
Comment icon #18 Posted by Sumer on 5 June, 2012, 22:43
In science and philosophy, ad hoc means the addition of extraneous hypotheses to a theory to save it from being falsified. Ad hoc hypotheses compensate for anomalies not anticipated by the theory in its unmodified form. Scientists are often skeptical of theories that rely on frequent, unsupported adjustments to sustain them. Ad hoc hypotheses are often characteristic of pseudoscientific subjects.[1] Much of Ad hoc hypotheses are not necessarily incorrect, however. An interesting example of an apparently supported ad hochypothesis was Albert Einstein's addition of the cosmological constant to g... [More]
Comment icon #19 Posted by Sumer on 5 June, 2012, 22:56
if the BB were true then somewhere in the Universe there is a point , an area of space , devoid of energy and matter, three dimensionally completely and absolutely
Comment icon #20 Posted by sepulchrave on 6 June, 2012, 0:08
The so-called 'God Particle' merely represents the very first 'thing' which occurred at the very moment the interaction took place...it can never represent 'the thing which created this universe' but only the first physical manifestation of the interaction of at least two different things. No it doesn't. It represents a quantization of an as-yet hypothetical scalar field that imbues quarks, leptons, and weak nuclear force bosons with mass. Apart from the unfortunate name, it isn't really anymore exotic than, say, the photon (a quantization of a complex Abelian field that imbues quarks, leptons... [More]
Comment icon #21 Posted by WilliamW on 6 June, 2012, 0:49
The so-called 'God Particle' merely represents the very first 'thing' which occurred at the very moment the interaction took place...it can never represent 'the thing which created this universe' but only the first physical manifestation of the interaction of at least two different things. No it doesn't. It represents a quantization of an as-yet hypothetical scalar field that imbues quarks, leptons, and weak nuclear force bosons with mass. Well to the average tax payer the story has been simplified - "they are looking to find the beginning of the universe in a particle. The very first thing to... [More]
Comment icon #22 Posted by sepulchrave on 6 June, 2012, 3:44
Whatever 'they are looking for' does not negate my assertions regarding the Big Bang as being a product of at least two different things (one of which we know of) interacting to cause the effect. In as much as one can claim that the laws of cause and effect hold outside our Universe, I have no problem with your assertion. But what you speak of isn't anything that the LHC is looking for.
Comment icon #23 Posted by WilliamW on 6 June, 2012, 4:48
In as much as one can claim that the laws of cause and effect hold outside our Universe, I have no problem with your assertion. But what you speak of isn't anything that the LHC is looking for. Of course not! As explained, what I speak of cannot be found using physical science - it is a wall that cannot be breached through this science. However, ask the run of the mill taxpayer (who might have an interest in or know about the LHC project) and they will tell you that according to their information, the project is looking for the primary particle (or words to that effect). I guess it keeps scien... [More]


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