So all the hoo haa about the God particle is over us now. Scientist unveild a week back that they have finally discovered the Hoggs Boson. The elusive God Particle theoritised by Peter Higgs almost 50 years back.
To be honest I for one was completely dumb founded when the news about CERN or European Organisation for Nuclear Research was planning to build the Large Hadron Collider came out. Now what is that you may ask!? I have tried to collate a dumb down version of what this discovery is and what and who exactly are the organisations involved.
Firstly Lets talk about CERN. Interestingly we should thank them and the project per say to enabling us to better use our time by Facebooking, Twittering, Googling and uhmmmm…watching porn, downloading movies and songs and books etc etc… as it was CERN that invented the Internet. To allow the scientists placed in different locations and geographies share data and information about this project, they created a small version of the Internet or World Wide Web (WWW) in the early 90′s. Intially enabling just the scientists to use it. After realsing the vast potential of the Internet, they opened it up for the world and the rest is history.
CERN is one of the world’s largest and most respected centres for scientific research. Its business is fundamental physics, finding out what the Universe is made of and how it works. At CERN, the world’s largest and most complex scientific instruments are used to study the basic constituents of matter — the fundamental particles. By studying what happens when these particles collide, physicists learn about the laws of Nature. It was founded in 1954 in Geneva.
Next up is the LHC, or the Large Hardon COllider. Its CERN’s flagship scientific instrument. The LHC lies in a tunnel 27 kilometres (17 mi) in circumference, as deep as 175 metres (574 ft) beneath the Franco-Swiss border near Geneva, Switzerland. Its synchrotron is designed to collide opposing particle beams of either protons at up to 7 teraelectronvolts (7 TeV or 1.12 microjoules) per nucleon, or lead nuclei at an energy of 574 TeV (92.0 µJ) per nucleus (2.76 TeV per nucleon-pair). Physicists use the LHC to recreate the conditions just after the Big Bang, by colliding the two beams head-on at very high energy. Teams of physicists from around the world then analyse the particles created in the collisions using special detectors in a number of experiments dedicated to the LHC. Now when they say Big Bang Thoery, please dont confuse it with Jim Parsons nerdy tv series. This the real deal, its the way the whole universe came into existence. Theoratically speaking, it is that single moment in space when the universe came into existence. Theory says that the universe came into existence from just one particle, and just kept mulitplying to form the universe like a bubble, which muliplies when it is triggered. This bubble or this Big Bang is what the scientists are trying to simulate using the LHC.
Now bascically what all this jibberish means is that two opposite beams of protons are bombared almost at the speed of light to form something of a chain reaction to trigger the formation of a particle. That particle is the God Particle..
So now to the main topic of discussion. What exactly is this Higgs Boson!? The Higgs boson is a hypothetical elementary particle that has not been observed but, if found, would dramatically advance the 70-year development of a model of elementary particle interaction. Its existence was predicted along with other particles by the so-called Standard Model. The Standard Model describes how leptons, quarks, gauge bosons, and the Higgs particle fit together and explains how the Higgs mechanism takes place, which in turn explains why elementary particles exhibit mass. The discovery of the Higgs boson would finally validate the Standard Model, since it’s the only elementary particle predicted by it that hasn’t yet been observed.
The Standard Model in particle physics is a theory concerning the electromagnetic, weak, and strong nuclear interactions, which mediate the dynamics of the known subatomic particles. Its the glue that holds the atoms and molecules togther. The genesis of our very existence, as if the glue aint there, every thing would just collapse. Without the Higgs boson to give matter mass and weight, there could be no Standard Model universe. If it was proved not to exist, scientists would have to tear up the theory and go back to the drawing board.
So what are the pratical uses of this discovery you may ask.. It cost around 7.5 Billion Euros to build the LHC, around 3.1 Billion Euros more to maintain the accelarator and another 2 Billion Euros in CERN reasearchers salaries and other miscellaneous expenditure. Youl be surpised to know that, all this research currently has no USE! You read it right! Absolutely no use! All this money and effort was made to prove a theory right! The British physicist whose theories led to the discovery of the Higgs boson admitted he has “no idea” what practical applications it could have.
Watch the video below to hear his interview. Or here
After learning and researching about this Particle, its my personal opinion and i may be wrong, is that its an utter waste of time money and precious resources unless the research and and findings have some pratical use in the course of human existence. If after all this amount of research, CERN would have said that, this particle would enable us to have green energy or enable us to make a different universe within earth i would have been happy. As in the current state of the world economy, when every country is on an Austerity drive, spending money and resources on researching something which is not gonna yield any practical results is an utter waste of taxpayers hard earned money. No Doubt its a huge discovery and i credit the brilliance of the people involved. But is it really necessary!? Give us your opinions.. Do write / reply below in the comments section…Cheers!
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