What is this 'God Particle' actually?
It is in the news everywhere. And they say that scientists are on the verge of finding it. Why is it called the God particle and what is so 'godly' about it?
The "God" Particle is the Higgs Boson. A sub atomic particle recently released at the CERN collider in Switzerland. The particle was named about 50 years ago as the Boson, Though it was named in the early 1960's it was merely theoretical until the recent CERN experiments found a particle which acted in the theoretical parameters of the Boson. the name God Particle is a creation of the mass media.
The particle itself is one of a group of sub atomic particles which combine to make up all matter and forces in the universe. As this particle is a basic source of gravity it holds many other particle together this means it is essential for all forms of matter. Calling it the boson is just not spectacular enough for the media, the media then created the name God particle. As such other than being a requirement of creation the boson is neither God like nor does it prove or disprove the existance of any God.
Aha! Thank you for that concise and informative reply. It sparks another question in me though - how does it become a requirement for creation?
The Boson is at the heart of gravitation. These particles cause the stars, planets and everything to exist in the physical state. Without the Boson there is nothing in theory.
Thank you Bretsuki. That answer and a little extra reading made it a bit more clear for me too - about the field and how the boson lends mass! Thank you
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