That Goddamn Particle!!–God Particle

The Higgs boson is often referred to as “the God particle” by the media, after the title of Leon Lederman’s popular science book on particle physics, The God Particle: “If the Universe is the Answer, What Is the Question?” While use of this term may have contributed to increased media interest, many scientists dislike it, since it overstates the particle’s importance, not least since its discovery would still leave unanswered questions about the unification of Quantum chromodynamics(color vs Energy), the electroweak interaction and gravity, as well as the ultimate origin of the Universe. A true anecdote… Leon Lederman had issues with his publisher, because he wanted to name this elemental particle, a freaking ‘Goddamn Particle’ but was told to change it. To make things easier, he came out with: ‘God Particle.’ If HubPages tells you to avoid certain titles, just make up you mind and be imaginative. Holly Shirt! The God Particle is an hypothetical elementary particle like the ones shown on the chart above. This particle has been giving headaches to Physicists since 1962. The billion of dollars spent in the search of this ‘fairy elf’ from this ‘Neverland’ of the subatomic world has been astronomical. It has left traces like a fossil on a cave and it has been mischievous enough to cause us amazement. No wonder we feel dwarfed by the invisible hand of God, with our own theories MORE… That Goddamn Particle!!–God Particle


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