Monday, July 2, 2012

What is the Higgs field?

Could it be that Healthcare in the United States is approved AND the Higgs boson is discovered in the same week? Maybe.

I am watching with great anticipation this week as my favorite physicists tweet their way all the way to Switzerland for a big announcement from CERN at the Large Hadron Collider.

Sean Carrol, physicist and blogger just tweeted he was boarding a plane bound for CERN and several prominent physicists notorious for not keeping their mouth's shut have been bursting at the seems awaiting the announcement expected this Wednesday July 4th.

UPDATE: Peter Higgs, the theoretical physicist who originally imagined his namesake particle is also en route to CERN!  

All this indicates some new data about the Higgs boson has been collected and is ready for public display.

If you are unfamiliar with this particle it is at the crux of all matter in the universe - hypothetically.

The following video is the least woo-woo explanation I can find out there describing what the Higgs field may be. High praise to the creators for not mentioning the "God Particle" once. Tough to resist the trendy pop-culture label.

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