Did Scientists Finally Discover The Higgs Boson?

We've heard this clamouring before, but after years of experimenting and hypothesising, the UK Telegraph says that CERN — keepers of the Large Hadron Collider — will hold a press conference this week to confirm the existence of the Higgs boson particle, commonly referred to as the God Particle. It could be the biggest announcement/discovery in the history of physics.

The rumour suggests that scientists will announce a 4-sigma level discovery, meaning they're 99.99-percent certain the Higgs boson exists.

The Higgs boson particle is thought to be an invisible entity surrounding all things that their interactions with particles is what gives them mass, thus holding atoms, matter, and ultimately the universe, together. Much of theoretical physics — especially as it pertains to our conception of the universe — is built around speculation that this particle exists. But we have yet to ever encounter it with any certainty.

Some say that if the Higgs boson is discovered, we'll need to reevaluate and revise many theorems in the field of physics to reflect this significant discovery. But it's possible we could be getting ahead of ourselves. Let's first wait and see what CERN announces. [UK Telegraph]


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    Next person to call it the God particle, needs a punch in the head. Keep religious crap out of the science thanks.

    Let's see them perform the experiment repeatedly with the same 4 sigma confidence shall we. Let's hope they aren't making announcments based on one result.

      The 4 sigma status does mean they have done the experiment repeatedly.

      The way I understand it, a "single run" of the LHC provides a gagillion "results" in the form of stupendous amounts of data. While I agree that I'd like to see the experimental result replicated on a more human-scale level of repetition, I doubt CERN would announce anything this serious based on a single result.

      There's actually 2 experiments running called ATLAS and CMS. If the 2 teams both make the same discovery, it will be highly convincing.

        My understanding is that both ATLAS and CMS are seeing signals to 2 sigma at the same energy point which can be combined to give the 4 sigma confidence that is expected.

          I heard it was 2 sigma-4 discoveries combining to make the sigma 5.. Guess we'll have to wait and see

            Yeah Wired said "Combining the two 4-sigma results should be enough to clear that 5-sigma hurdle."
            http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/06/latest-higgs-rumors/)

      Hear, hear. You hold them down, I'll sock it to them.

      The thing is, God whilst being a reference to the Christian Deity which only goes by that name does in fact give no reference to religion. A God is mere a being of a higher power. Lets say the Higgs boson exists, and we were to come accross a race of "Aliens" who could manipulate the particle thereby seemingly able to manipulate anything to do as they wished, I would consider that to be a "godlike" ability as they can control things which we can not.

        I'd agree if it wasn't presented as a proper noun.

      Great another one of those "keep religion out" guys. Both religious and purely scientific people know what they're doing.

      Don't mean to sound Trollish, but your comment suggests that you dont properly understand the techniques, both in terms of the experiments themselves, or the statistical analysis of the results. PhD comics posted a great video on Vimeo about the search for the Higgs boson, I suggest starting there. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hn0jYjijNs&feature=youtube_gdata_player

    You do realise that the reference link goes through to the Daily Mail NOT the UK Telegraph??

    VERY, VERY different publications.

    Yeah, confirmation aside, it never ceases to astound me how accurate some of these theories really are. Hard to believe that just around a hundred years ago we were still relatively ignorant and now we are talking about things that border on magic.

      Scientists on the cutting edge have, throughout the history of science, always been talking about things that border on magic! In seeking the answers they demystify them and, eventually, make them understandable to everyone else.

        Don't worry, that didn't come across as condescending at all...

          That wasn't condescending at all, he used an exclamation mark and everything, which indicates excitement.

    It would be odd for them to hold a press conference for a 4 sigma result, the standard in particle physics is usually 5 sigma.

    Also, "if the Higgs boson is discovered, we’ll need to reevaluate and revise many theorems in the field of physics to reflect this significant discovery" is nonsense. The opposite is true. The Higgs boson is a prediction of the current theories, and failing to discover it would mean that physicists would have to rethink everything.

    If anyone is interested at seeing how the Higgs Boson is discovered i cannot reccomend this doco highly enough.
    Not sure if you can get it in Aus but if you can find it give it a watch. Excellent viewing.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b019h7t0

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    Higgs is a mate of mine.. we get along really well.. no, he's not God.. he's a real person...

    Meanwhile in Revenge of the Nerds 5, they are all grown up now and in the ultimate payback for high school bullies they unleash a black hole to destroy the earth.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVpnUHGpFDk

    Hello guys! I wait for thermonuclear energy by tritium or deuterium synthesis. There is true way for a humanity!

    It is pointless spraying tens of billions for research without practical, but at least for the next 200 years with only a theoretical benefit...Almost the same benefits and have the search of planets around other stars with today's space technology anyway we can not reach.

      I totally agree with this guy. I think. It's hard to tell...

    Once that's been confirmed, we can start using the LHC for things that actually matter:

    http://xkcd.com/401/

      Rthings that actually matter? What quantum psychics that thing that gave us microprocessors and advanced chemistry doesn't matter?

        Hell no! All we need is porridge to fill our bellies and horses to get us around. Wheels are the devil's work!

    It's called the god particle because of a book "The God Particle: If the Universe Is the Answer, What Is the Question?"

    And Leon Lederman's explanation lifted from Wikipedia "The God Particle" because the particle is "so central to the state of physics today, so crucial to our understanding of the structure of matter, yet so elusive," but jokingly added that a second reason was because "the publisher wouldn't let us call it the Goddamn Particle, though that might be a more appropriate title, given its villainous nature and the expense it is causing."

    So you can see it has nothing to do with religion

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    There's still 0.01% chance that it doesn't, and according to laws of scientific method, that means it doesn't exist.

    So what happens next? Will we be able to harness it to create new scientific and technological advances?
    even with the 99.99%? Or are we going to build the Boson Bomb and threaten ppl with earth explosion? (as usual)?

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