Friday, September 14, 2012

The discovery of Higgs-Boson (The God Particle) passes peer review. So now it is a little thing we call "science."

Large Hadron Corridor
Courtesy of Extreme Tech:  

CERN’s announcement on July 4 — that experiments performed by the Large Hadron Collider had discovered a particle that was consistent with the Higgs boson — has passed a key step towards becoming ratified science: Its findings have been published in the peer-reviewed journal Physics Letters B. 

Back in July, both the CMS and ATLAS teams — teams of scientists tasked with analyzing the data produced by the CMS and ATLAS detectors — announced that they’d discovered a new elementary particle. CERN did not say that this was the Higgs boson, the so-called God particle, but as the Standard Model of particle physics only has one undiscovered particle remaining, it probably is the Higgs boson. Following CERN’s announcement, both the CMS and ATLAS teams submitted their findings to Physics Letters B — and today, both of their research papers have passed peer review by the scientific community, effectively becoming… science. 

One more step into the bright light of discovery, and away from the darkness of superstition and ignorance.

With this discovery we can really begin to examine exactly HOW the universe, and all of its components, were  formed. And THAT nothing supernatural was necessary, or dare I say even possible.

I fucking love science!


  1. Higgs Boson / "God Particle" -2012 Science news is actually a 150+ year old discovery by a different name ……............Infinite Intelligence….Steve Meyer / New Thought Movement / HolisticDNA

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  2. Anonymous4:56 AM

    You're so funny, Gryphen. Don't you see that logically there will be a mystery behind whatever did happen to create the universe? (You don't get something out of nothing; science tells us that.)

    We will never be without that unsolvable question.

    1. Anonymous6:59 AM

      No, that's a solvable question.

  3. Not to take anything away from the discovery (although later on in the article you will find "before we actually know what the new particle is") but "peer review" is not some one step qualification, but an on-going process. More to the point, publishing in "peer review" journals is simply the beginning of that process.

    Sub-atomic physics is, to me, cool stuff, although I tend to side with David Bohm (qualitative infinity of nature) that our everyday language will not be very helpful as we extend research into the very small.

  4. Anonymous5:57 AM

    "God Particle"

    Wish they call it something else!

    1. Chella7:31 AM

      Originally it was called The Goddamn Particle, because it was so hard to find.

  5. fromthediagonal7:38 AM

    Actually, anon 5:57, Mr Peter Higgs, who first theorized about the bosom, is said to have called it the "Goddamn" particle, because proof was so elusive. That moniker can now be left off!
    As always, each new discovery leads to others, and that is what I find so awe inspiring.

  6. Anonymous6:56 PM


    Now I have to go talk to the son who was the physics I know what this means. :)

  7. Anita Winecooler7:24 PM

    Good Article! I wonder where this new knowledge will lead to? What, if any, new mysteries will be unlocked?

    Well, it mentions the word "God Particle", Do you think we'll get a facebook lesson from the rocket scientist on the dead lake who doesn't believe we evolved from apes, that man and dinosaur shared the Earth at the same time and that it's about six thousand years old?

    "Speak softly, and carry a Large Hadron Collider", maybe?

  8. Anonymous7:26 PM

    Infinite intelligence is a better name, I think. Yea, science!!! Love it, and well done.


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