Searching for the God particle

After listening to Ira Flatow’s discussion with Amir Aczel about the Large Hadron Collider project in France, I was contemplating the theoretical existence of the “God particle,”also known as the Higgs Boson particle, which “gives everything its mass.”

The Higgs field is a mystery.  When shaken like a blanket, matter happens!  Our conceptualization of this transformation has major implications for us figuring out what happened during those first micro-seconds after the Big Bang.

I googled into a fairly accessible explanation of this physics problem:

After grokking the immensity of this universe, and then fathoming the intense immensity of its incredible smallness, I was, as we simplistic Christians are prone to do, seeking even further simplification, and I found it in Genesis 1:4:
“And God saw that the light was good, and God separated the light from the darkness.”
Furthermore, acting as Christ, we understand that God is “before all things, and in Him all things hold together.”

That’s oversimplified for sure, but it works for me. I do enjoy, however, being enlightened with the occasional CERN update from  Ira, Amir, Higgs, and the other physics guys in their atom-smashing trailblazing quests.
Thanks, guys. Keep up the good work, but let us know if that dark matter ever gets a little too unruly and hence upsets our super symmetry.

Glass half-Full



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