In a world dominated by magical thinking, superstition and misinformation, give yourself the benefit of doubt. This is one skeptic's view of the Universe.

"Tell people there’s an invisible man in the sky who created the universe, and the vast majority believe you. Tell them the paint is wet, and they have to touch it to be sure."

-George Carlin

“If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed”.

-Albert Einstein

“Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense.”

-Carl Sagan

The person who is certain, and who claims divine warrant for his certainty, belongs now to the infancy of our species. It may be a long farewell, but it has begun and, like all farewells, should not be protracted.

-Christopher Hitchens

 

Is The Hunt For The 'God Particle' Finally Over?

Before we get to the fireworks on the Fourth of July, we might see some pyrotechnics from a giant physics experiment near Geneva, Switzerland.

Scientists there are planning to gather that morning to hear the latest about the decades-long search for a subatomic particle that could help explain why objects in our universe actually weigh anything.

The buzz is that they’re closing in on the elusive Higgs particle. That would be a major milestone in the quest to understand the most basic nature of the universe.

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What if Leonardo da Vinci designed the Large Hadron Collider?
Leonardo da Vinci may have been a forward-thinking engineer, but what if he had gotten into the particle physics game? CERN researcher Dr. Sergio Cittolin brought out his (not so) inner Renaissance Man with these illustrations of the Large Hadron Collider in Leonardo’s style.

Cittolin works on the Compact Muon Solenoid detector, one of the LHC’s two particle physics detectors. He actually started drawing these Leonardo-style renderings of the CMS detector long before the LHC was ever operational, and they now hang on the CERN hallways. He blends modern technology with Renaissance concepts, such as rendering large quantities of data as endless stacks of books.
Drawings of the elements of CMS detector, in the style of Leonardo da Vinci [CERN Documentation Server via It’s Okay to be Smart]

thenewenlightenmentage:

What if Leonardo da Vinci designed the Large Hadron Collider?

Leonardo da Vinci may have been a forward-thinking engineer, but what if he had gotten into the particle physics game? CERN researcher Dr. Sergio Cittolin brought out his (not so) inner Renaissance Man with these illustrations of the Large Hadron Collider in Leonardo’s style.

Cittolin works on the Compact Muon Solenoid detector, one of the LHC’s two particle physics detectors. He actually started drawing these Leonardo-style renderings of the CMS detector long before the LHC was ever operational, and they now hang on the CERN hallways. He blends modern technology with Renaissance concepts, such as rendering large quantities of data as endless stacks of books.

Drawings of the elements of CMS detector, in the style of Leonardo da Vinci [CERN Documentation Server via It’s Okay to be Smart]

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Scientists May Have Discovered 'God Particle'

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ih8religion:

I think I need someone to explain this to me.

I H8 RELIGION
- Tyler 

Ok, here goes:

As the article states, the “God Particle” refers to a particle called the Higgs boson. The Higgs boson is a key theoretical component of the Standard Model of Particle Physics. The term boson refers to one of two types of particles, the other type being fermions. Fermions are the particles most people are familiar with, like protons, neutrons, and electrons, that actually make up all the matter we see around us. Bosons are force-carrying particles that “transmit” forces between the various fermions. For example, the most familiar boson is probably the photon, which is the particle that transmits light. Now, a second detail about bosons. All the bosons of a particular type, in transmitting their force, create a field which can interact with matter. The photon produces light, which is a form of the electromagnetic field, and when matter moves through the electromagnetic field, the properties of electricity and magnetism can be observed.

Ok, so back to the Higgs boson, and it’s associated field, the Higgs field. It really is the mother of all particles and fields, the “god particle” because it is said to permeate every inch of space in the known unverse. The property given to matter by the Higgs field is far more fundamental than magnetism or electricity. It is mass itself. That is, when you push on any object or particle, the resistence you feel that is imparted by the mass of the object or particle, is actually the resistence provided by the Higgs field. In the absence of a Higgs field, particles would not have mass at all.

To wrap it up, the god reference comes from the idea that the only natural time in our universe when you could have detected the Higgs boson discretely is at the universe’s earliest moments, when the inflationary expansion of the universe first started to slow and temperatures started to cool. The Higgs boson would have been one of the first particles to coalesce out of the heat of the big bang, and immediately it permeated the entirety of space with the Higgs field, allowing all subsequently formed matter to have the masses that we measure today.

As you can see, the Higgs boson/field makes a significant contribution to the birth of our universe, and thus the explanations of how we can be here.

I would like to give credit to Brian Greene, author of “The Hidden Reality”, as I have paraphrased much of what he has said, in addition to adding ideas from his other books. I would highly recommend reading them, they’re awesome. I would also like to give a disclaimer that I may have made mistakes, but I think that I’ve got most of this right, but of course it is significantly simplified, because I cannot even begin to understand the nitty gritty details. AATS

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