Monday, July 30, 2012

What Exactly is the Higgs Particle?

In light of the recent discovery of the very likely "God particle" I refer you to an excellent write up explaining what it is in layman's terms. The piece is written by my friend, Michael Park, who is currently a graduate student studying theoretical particle physics at Rutgers University. Enjoy!


Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Hooray for Higgs!

Finally, it's been found! I hear there may be more than one Higgs? I'm fascinated by where this discovery will take the field if deviations from the Standard Model are seen. This quote from the NYTimes made me lol. "Along the way the Higgs boson achieved a notoriety rare for abstract physics. To the eternal dismay of his colleagues, Leon Lederman, the former director of Fermilab, called it the 'God particle,' in his book of the same name, later quipping that he had wanted to call it 'the goddamn particle.'” Congrats to those who worked tirelessly on finding the goddamn particle. Congrats to Science. God particle bless America!