I have read quite a bit about it. I thought I understood what I was reading as I was reading, but eventually realized I had no clue what they were even talking about anyway. I know that researchers from the University of Rochester are contributing members of the scientific team invloved in studying the particle.
@musterion99 - Is everything magnetic or carry an electric charge in the presence of an electro-magnetic field? The answer is know, and it has to do with the properties of things as they relate to that field. At the subatomic level of the Standard Model, these entities relate to the Higgs field. As the model goes, a field (including that of gravity, magnetism, and nuclear radiation) is just particles interacting with each other. Therefore, the Higgs field is just the result of these small things interacting with the Higgs boson. That's what the model explained mathematically. We never experimentally confirmed a Higgs boson exists, until now! Anyway, not everything interacts with a Higgs to be given mass. Hence, some things don't have mass, just like some things don't have charge.
@bryangoodrich - The article I read said that "a" Higgs boson was discovered but they don't know if it's "the" Higgs boson.They feel pretty confident it is but it will take years of more research and experiments to conclude for sure. A couple of the things they observed didn't lineup with the decay rates they expected. They don't know if it's just a glitch or because of another particle they don't understand or have yet discovered.
@musterion99 - I wouldn't get hung up on the article ('a' or 'the'). They observed something. They're running tests to make sure it wasn't merely the technology nor that it was just random noise. This type of statistical analysis means they're looking that the probability of it happening by chance is at the smallest level (six-sigma). Whether or not if represents the Higgs boson of the model requires fixing empirical findings to theoretical models. I'm not even bothering to look at the hype until time filters out the hysteria and nonsense. It's exciting, no doubt.
@GodlessLiberal - ...yeah I'm pretty dumb when it comes to science...I read it, and I still don't fully understand why it's important, probably goign to have to wait till it becomes "old news" and some teacher fellow decides to explain it to his 7th grade class or something -.-
Like so many "explanations" in physics, the Higgs-boson explanations are soporific. A minute later you don't know what you read. The particle found in Cern had nearly the right velocity and life span for a boson, but on closer inspection, it appeared to be full figured. LHC physicist now believe they actually found a Higgs-bosom particle.
i just heard they verified Higgs Boson on July 4th. scientists are popping open the champagne. now we know why it's called PARTYcle physics. i think they should send a 6-pack of beer around the CERN accelerator a few times then pop the cans open and spray everyone but that's me
many eastern cultures refer to the workings of the Universe as "The Cosmic Dance" so here's my conclusion. we now know the official Cosmic Dance is the Higgs Bosonova. no need to thank me. once again i find myself waiting for a call from the Nobel Committee
and with my winnings from the Nobel Committee i plan on building a gym for quantum scientists called "Particle Physiques". oh yeah, i'm on a roll. i'm a living breathing example of how many valuable ideas a single scientific discovery can spawn
Joe tried explaining it to me last night, and after this really long winded explanation, my rather concise response was... huh? I'm happy they made a big discovery and all that, I just have poor science skills to begin with, so this is well out of my field of knowledge. I'll leave it up to the experts to know what they're doing.
I thought it still wasn't solid that they have found the Higgs Boson. Wasn't there still speculation that it could be an entirely different subatomic particle; thereby changing the way they thought about...everything?