God is in the machine

Monday December 19, 2011 Written by amanda

We're not supposed to talk about it yet, but everyone's talking about it: the 'God Particle' (Higgs boson) has finally (probably) been discovered!

A team of scientists working at the CERN Large Hadron Collider have just completed experiments that strongly hint at the existence of the until-now hypothetical Higgs boson.

What is the Higgs boson? It's an elemental particle, that according to the Standard Model of science (an almost-complete theory of how the universe works) imparts all other particles with mass.

What does all this mean to the average guy on the street? It means that one of the missing building blocks of the universe might just have been found. What does it mean to you? It means that we may one day fully understand how and why matter (stuff) exists. (You like stuff don't you?)

Anyway, the current findings won't be verified (or debunked) until 2012, so don't uncork that champagne just yet... but maybe stick it in the fridge now. 

Image: (Large Hadron Collider) Peter Ginter.