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The Hunt for Higgs
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Who wants to know why finding the elusive Higgs particle is so crucial for the latest theories of physics, what those theories are (and they are amazingly simple), and why they and everything we believe to know what happened in the moment after the Big Bang unravels if it doesn't exist, here's BBC Horizon.

Ron, here's a potential refuge of god. The visible matter in the universe accounts for 5% of everything that must be there. 20% must be dark matter which holds galaxies and larger structures together, otherwise they would fly apart. Dark energy 75%, which drives the expansion of the cosmos, otherwise gravitation would collapse the whole thing. Neither dark matter nor energy can be found by definition. Are they god?
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#2
Ah, the Q is casting bait yet again! Funny, I do not discover any academic credentials making him competent to discuss the Higgs particle, much less the astrophysics involved in the suppositions on dark matter. Perhaps we should cast him into that Alpine cyclotron so as to discover his capacity for absorbing Higgs particles...
"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I am not sure about the former."

Albert Einstein
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The search for the Higgs partical at the super-collider at Cern played a part in the movie Angels and Demons, which starred Tom Hanks. Despite the name, it did not involve the supernatural, so drgonzaga and quadrat might be able to enjoy it. The science was fanciful, but the movie was well-produced, cleverly plotted, and pretty well acted. I found it a really fun movie to watch, for that kind of genre. It was based on a Dan Brown novel, but presented the Vatican in a much better, more sympathetic light, than did the earlier movie based on Dan Brown's novel, The Da Vinci Code. At least, I liked it well enough to purchase the DVD (cheap) from Amazon.
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They make much hype about scientists replicating the Big Bang in the supercollider.

But the Higgs' Boson aka God's Particle, is a component of quantic particles (neutrons, electrons etc) and an explanation for the unifying theory of the forces of physics but not gravitation. It has nothing to do with the start of the Universe, even if indirectly it could lead to a theory about that too.

It's called the God's Particle because it's believed that beyond that there is nothing, that's the universal, ultimate thing that do all matters and energies and because it has been stubbornly evasive.

This particle, like neutrinos, can be detected only through theorical deduction of second effects. Like "we saw 2 electrons and one proton, so there may be a Higgs' Boson passing there, for one femto second of time."

Which makes me question wether this is realy serious.
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