Higgs Boson

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous' started by AusQB, Jul 5, 2012.

  1. So while most of you were out eating, drinking and blowing stuff up, particle physicists at CERN working with the LHC presented their finding that they are 99.999% (explicitly specific) certain they have discovered a new particle which fits the description of the Higgs boson, a sub-atomic particle theorized by Peter Higgs which, in Lehman's terms, "gives matter mass".

    What does this mean for me and you? Basically nothing. But for physicists, it provides the final piece of the atomic structure (in theory) and opens up a world of scientific discovery. They should be able to apply this knowledge to further understand formation of matter in the universe and uncover the mysteries of dark matter.
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  2. I was wondering if you could explian dark matter to me. It intriges me but I just cant understand it that well.
  3. Fantastic! Science is moving further ahead faster than I expected.
  4. So in idiots term,
    "Scientist have discovered something amazing recently and the scientist who discovered this are pretty shore that this will open up a new world when it comes to the particles called "dark matter". But many are quick to point out that until more research is done and more thinking will this not have a very big impact on our regular lives",Back to AusQB in the studio :)

    Simplify FTW! :)
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  5. Dark matter is essentially matter which exists in theory. We cannot see it, but we can observe its effect on ordinary matter.

    Of the observable universe, only a small amount (about 17%) is ordinary matter. Astrophysicists can account for every gravitational force of each known celestial object. However, there are extra forces acting on these objects that can't be accounted for. This unknown source of gravity is called dark matter.

    A common misconception is that dark matter and dark energy are counterparts to ordinary matter and energy, the combination of which would lead to the annihilation of both. This is antimatter.
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  7. Oh, thanks. You probably should of named this thread "1.3 is out!" to make it sound more interesting. Jk. :p
    I personaly didnt know what you ment but I know who Higgs is.
    Ps. Where is that thread where people ask you questions? I have a couple and I like the way you answer things.
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  9. In my opinion, dark matter just seems like a place-holder to account for the fact that the theory doesn't match the observations, but I'm probably not informed enough to know. I don't think that the theory's anywhere near complete yet, but I'm sure we're going the right way.

    From a philosophical point of view, it seems that most scientific theories end up being summarised by a simple set of laws which explain observations. It therefore seems strange that the standard model is so complicated, and doesn't fit totally yet (eg gravity).

    For example, before Newton, we had Keplar's Laws, which described the observations, but were pretty complicated, and didn't explain everything. Then, Newton's law of gravitation came along and explained it all in a simpler way and seemed to fit the observations (for the moment). I think that quantum physics is at the same stage as just before Newton, all we need is somebody to notice a pattern which will simplify the whole thing and it will fit the observations
  10. Science has scienced.