10 Simple Facts To Know About The God Particle

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Fatimah Mazhar
Scientists, physicists have always been intrigued to know how the Earth was created. There has always been a struggle to know more about the moment of ‘the Creation’. On March 14, it was announced that scientists at CERN, European Organization for Nuclear Research, had found, as they call it, the God Particle.

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Scientists, physicists have always been intrigued to know how the Earth was created. There has always been a struggle to know more about the moment of ‘the Creation’.  On March 14, it was announced that scientists at CERN, European Organization for Nuclear Research, had found, as they call it, the God Particle.

Many people find the so called ‘God Particle’ a bit too scientific and difficult to understand. To make sense of all the physics and science involved in the explanation is not possible for everyone. So here is something that we have compiled for our readers to go through. These basic facts about CERN and the God Particle would be enough to grab your interest as well as provide you information that can help you boast about it.

So here are the 10 simple facts you want to know about the God Particle:

1-    The Creation Of Earth:

It is the elementary particle known as Higgs boson with which the scientists would be able to know about the moment of the creation of our world. It is what gives all matter, (humans, galaxy, planets) ‘mass’. In the decades-long quest to find more information and to do more research about the questions of the creation of Earth, the most expensive research equipment to date, the Large Hadron Collider was created.

2-    The Term ‘God Particle’ :

Not everyone agrees with the term God Particle because it has nothing to do with what most people instantly think it is about. Some even consider it as an abomination. Noble Prize winning physicist Leon Lederman wanted to call it the Goddamn Particle in his book, instead of the ‘God Particle’, in the title.

3-    50 Years Wait!

The particle and the force field have been named after British physicist Peter Higgs who predicted their existence almost 50 years ago. For five decades scientists have run after this smaller than the smallest particle! Along with him there were Philip Anderson, Francois Englert, Robert Brout, Gerald Guralnik, Richard Hagen and Tom Kibble.

4-    The Large Hadron Collider:

The LHC is one of the most complicated machines ever built and is outrageously impressive. It is composed of a ring of magnets, experimental detectors, buried 100 meters underground and 27 kilometers in circumference. It takes protons, the positive part of an atom, 100 trillion at a time and accelerates them to 99.999999% the speed of light and smashes them together over 100 trillion times per second. Amazing, isn’t it?

5-    Destroy the world

People were once convinced of the fact that LHC was going to destroy the world by creating a black hole that’d swallow the Earth. It’s true! It didn’t make any sense though because scientists who were working so very hard to find the ultimate truth about creation would never think about taking their own lives. It’d have been the exact opposite of what they were trying to do by the way.

6-    Possible Benefits

Though it is not certain that the there would be any direct application of the elementary particle, still the fundamental research involved in it has benefitted us in many ways. For example, Carl Anderson discovered the anti-matter in 1030’s that plays a very important role in positron emission tomography (PET) and PET scans are significant in the field of medicine.

7-    What Exactly Is The Higgs Field?

If it weren’t for the Higgs field or something close to that, the basic unit of all matter, the atoms and its sub-particles, the electrons would be mass less. But most of the mass in our body comes from protons and neutrons, which are not elementary particles. Therefore, without Higgs we would still be there but with very different properties.

8-    Science And Religion:

The study of the so called God Particle is also considered to be a way to understand the origin of the Earth both through religion and science. But there are many who oppose the notion as well. It so because some physicists believe that once they confirm that the universe came into being without any ‘supernatural’ interference, it would make religion and related concepts obsolete.

9-    No Practical Results Yet:

There have been no direct practical results yet. But the effort has led up to the creation of the World Wide Web, CERN scientists developed it to make it easier to exchange information among each other. Advances in solar energy capture, medical imaging and proton therapy have also resulted from the work of particle physics at CERN.

10-It’s Discovery Would Only Be A Beginning:

Once the scientists find the particle, it would open gates to even more research. It would also help to unravel different mysterious and unknown forces of nature. It will be the biggest triumph of the human race. Some even say that the world will be divided into pre-Higgs era and post-Higgs era.

So these were some really simple facts about the so called God Particle and why it is considered to be important. Hope it will help to cover the basics. For more information on this stay connected to our site.

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