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Finding a Higgs-Boson-Consistent Particle Is So Cool We Don’t Know How to Express It: Here’s a Sonnet
by Susana Polo | 9:38 am, July 5th, 2012
But this is just noted sharpie-wielding math and science expert Vihart‘s take on CERN’s announcement that they’ve found, to within 99.9999% sureity, a new type of boson. And that that new particle, so far as we can tell (pending more research), conforms to the theoretical qualities of a Higgs boson. You might also be interested in knowing a bit more about what a Higgs boson is, and why it’s important. For that, we can go to Jorge Cham‘s, of PHD Comics, cartoon rendering of a scientist’s explanation:
And after that, maybe you’d like to see the actual press conference with real, live, CERN physicists? Or hear about how its discovery has lost Stephen Hawking $100? Or think about how fact that the particle’s discovery happened to coincide with Independence Day in America, which is ironic considering that Congress pulled the plug on an already in construction Large Hadron Collider in Texas in 1993, requiring the program to relocated to Switzerland? If we were to reccomend anything, though, it would be io9′s breakdown of the discovery and what it means for the Standard Model, the system of fundamental principles on which we like to think the universe runs. And finally, if you’ll indulge me in a little PG-13 language: