Higgs Boson Particle

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The Higgs Boson Particle's discovery is a milestone in particle physics. Its discovery is as controversial as when Galileo suggested that the world is round. This essay is my interpretation of the importance of Higgs Boson particle.

Submitted: July 20, 2012

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"God Particle" Found? Will it be a Historic Milestone in science?

The God particle, an ‘object’ whose existence was questioned for decades, has now been discovered by the scientists at CERN. A particle that now rocks the very foundation of Modern Physics. So what is the ‘God Particle’? Well, wiki readings will indicate that the term ‘God particle’ is in fact not the correct name. What scientists at CERN discovered is the Higgs Boson particle.

So what is the Higgs Boson particle?

To quote Wikipedia : “The Higgs particle is a proposed elementary particle in the Standard Model of particle physics. The existence of the Higgs boson and the associated Higgs field explain why the other massive elementary particles in the standard model have their mass. The Higgs boson is named after Peter Higgs who proposed the mechanism that predicted such a particle in 1964.”

There you have it. The Higgs particle explains why everything in the universe has mass. What caused those miniscule sub atomic particles to possess mass, to form molecules, compounds, minerals, metals, plants, planets, animals, humans, ultimately everything that the universe consists of. If the universe is the answer, then the God Particle is the question. The ‘why’ factor  behind everything that the human race has discovered.

The technical explanation behind this theory isn’t something that can be explained in an essay. But the crux of the matter can be illustrated in a simple imagery. Imagine a party in a club, where everyone is dancing, eating, drinking etc. Suddenly, Shahrukh Khan walks in. What will happen? Naturally, everyone will cluster around him, forming a group, around him. Thus, creating a cluster that has mass. So, the field of attraction created by King Khan, resulted in the formation of mass. Hence, the relation is King Khan is to Higgs Boson as the cluster is to universal mass. That is, when the Higgs Boson arrived at a certain place, its field created the mass. Now the question remains, how did Higgs Boson arrive there? Questions will arise all the time. It’s one of the blessings that humans have, the ability to reason. So for the time being let’s simply celebrate this discovery.

Just like any other discovery, Higgs Boson is also not bereft of controversies. Let’s face it, particle physics isn’t a concept that people read about during tea time. There are several works of fiction which are related to the Higgs Boson particle. Such as, Richard Cox’s ‘The God Particle’, John Ringo’s  ‘Into the Looking Glass’ and many more. The famous Da Vinci Code, touches this topic faintly as well. While they don’t tell us much about the concept, they are a testimony as to why the masses discuss  the ‘God Particle’. When science sparks interest, it is because it touches some part of theology, religion etc. The very term God particle has created sparks. There are those who believe that this discovery, not only explains the formation of mass, but also explains why atheists are justified in their belief that God does not exist. But the more religious half believes that we now have a scientific explanation for the way in which God created the universe. This is a debate that will rage for decades to come. One can simply stick to one’s faith.

Now, if we readdress the question, is the discovery of Higgs Boson Particle a Milestone in science? Then YES! The discovery of this ‘God Particle’ gives scientists all over the world a glimpse at the why behind every how. The very reason as to why our universe exists....

 

 


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