I have very briefly heard about something called the "God Particle? I wonder if it relates to the other question I asked about the bridge between the physical and spiritual worlds. Or is it just a fancy name for a type of subatomic particle? What does the average person need to know about this? Or do they?
asked 06 Dec '09, 11:23
Barry Allen ♦♦
To date, this particle has not been detected in the lab, largely because we were awaiting more powerful particle accelerators to generate the necessary energies required to create the particle under lab conditions. Now that CERN has completed the Large Hadron collider, it is the hope of scientists that the particle can be studied, if it exists.
Discovering the particle won't unlock all of the secrets of the universe, nor will it create a mini-black hole that will swallow the earth, as has been reported in the popular press.
answered 06 Dec '09, 18:34
The "god" particle is the nickname for the higgs-boson. It has nothing to do with spirituality. The higgs-boson could be used to validate some models of the universe because the problem of quantum mechanics is that there is no universal model to validate gravity. The higgs-boson would be used to prove that gravity exists on a quantum level (by proving that particles have mass). Common sense tells us it does, but in computation models, its hard to prove gravity exists and how weak it is compared to the other 3 quantum forces (weak nuclear, strong nuclear and electromagnetic). The boson essentially gives matter its mass component.
The discovery of the particle is essential to validate if quantum string theory holds any weight or is just pseudoscience.
answered 07 Dec '09, 06:19
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