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Higgs boson (“God particle”) really exists?

From Peter Woit at Not EvenWrong, we learn (June 22, 2012):

Higgs Discovery Announcement July 4

I learned via Physics World that CERN will hold a press conference on Wednesday July 4 to give an “Update on the search for the Higgs Boson”. More information has just appeared (including a press release here), showing that there will be a 2 hour seminar on the results starting at 9am Geneva time, followed by a press conference at 11am.

Reports from the experiments indicate that at least one of them, if not both, will reach the 5 sigma level of significance for the Higgs signal, when they combine 2011 and 2012 data and the most sensitive channels. So, this will definitely be the long-awaited Higgs discovery announcement, and party-time for HEP physicists.

Not Even Wrong’s commenters are much less certain, as you will see, so the formal announcement should be interesting.

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6 Responses to Higgs boson (“God particle”) really exists?

  1. Why is it called the God particle? It almost seems that this particle is what caused the Big Bang. Is that what they are looking for, the particle that started the universe?

  2. Can somebody better versed in physics/cosmology explain the implications, pro or con, for intelligent design?

    Or maybe it’s just interesting physics either way?

  3. I was wondering if it would be possible for someone at UD to post a blog representing both the pro’s and con’s of the God particle in it’s relation to ID?

  4. Yes, we need to know who to root for.

  5. 5

    No implications for ID. The Higgs boson is the particle within the Standard Model that is supposed to give mass to all particles that have mass. It is not a validation of string theory or supersymmetry, which has had zero predictions verified by LHC.

  6. @ tragic mishap.


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