Scientists from the CERN Laboratory near Geneva are expected to make an announcement on July 4, 2012 that either the Higgs Boson (God) particle has been discovered or extremely strong evidence of its existence has been gathered. The existence of the particle has been theorized for some time on the assumption that the so called Standard Model of Physics is a valid explanation of the properties of the universe. The particle is sometimes referred to as the God particle because it is supposed to assign size, shape and mass to all of the matter in the universe. Additionally, its existence would provide for the existence of multiple universes.


Update: The awaited announcement was that a new subatomic particle has in fact been discovered that, upon thus far shallow investigation, shows similarities to the theorized Higgs Boson.

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Well, first a couple questions have to be asked:

  • What's the basic nature of the particle (mass, charge, spin, etc.)
  • What's the behavior of the particle
  • How well do these characteristics compare with the model forwarded by Peter Higgs and those who came after him.

Thing is, if this ISN'T the Higgs Boson, that may mean that the Higgs is still out there, waiting to be discovered ... OR it may mean that the standard model is out the window and time to start with a clean sheet of paper.

Whatever they've discovered at the LHC, my guess is that they'll be a while quantifying exactly WHAT they've discovered before any earch-shattering conclusions are arrived at.  The very fact that they referred to it as "Higgs-like" is a strong indicator, I would say.

I think the point of the article was that the discovery of a variation of the Higgs that was originally predicted could be more exciting than the discovery of a Higgs that was totally consistent with the one that was originally predicted. That is, a Higgs that is totally consistent with the originally predicted one would leave a lot of unanswered questions that a variation of the originally predicted Higgs might resolve. No doubt a lot of investigation of the new particle is in order before it can be called a type of Higgs but in that we don't know it is not a type of Higgs I think that anybody who isn't excited about it isn't enthusiastic about science in the first place.


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