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Higgs Boson Found?

Discussion in 'The OT' started by Inkosaurus, Jul 4, 2012.

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    AntAltMike

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    Blah, blah, blah. Physicists have been breaking their hands, patting themselves on the back for half a century or longer.
     
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    Carl Spock

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    Yeah, possibly discovering a fundimental particle from the birth of the universe isn't worth celebrating. :rolleyes:

    Did Kim Kardashian do anything interesting today?

    ;)

    Congrats, CERN. Rolling back this much entropy is quite an accomplishment.
     
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    njblackberry

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    Why should anyone be interested in basic research?
    Who could possibly benefit from ground breaking information?

    Congratulations to all of those involved.
     
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    Nick

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    According to TMZ, the Higgs Boson was detected in Kim K's well-visited secret place.
     
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    Davenlr

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    You kill me Nick.

    As for the LHC, Congrats at beating the U.S. team. Sometimes, bigger is better.
     
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    Right, and it was first predicted something like 40 years ago. It's an amazing thing, and a fundamental part of the standard particle physics model. If the Higgs boson didn't exist, that model would need to be thrown out or at least heavily edited. It's what gives everything mass, if I'm understanding it correctly. These are pretty heavy subjects, which is why I'm such a fan of Michio Kaku I think.
     
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    SayWhat?

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    Who says it's a 'fundamental particle'? Man?

    Man though the atom was the fundamental particle. Then protons, neutrons and electrons. Then the Quark.

    Man as a species has a very limited understanding of things and may never discover anything 'fundamental' about existence.

    Things are because they are. There may not be an explanation at all. Only the human race needs to trivialize things into words.
     
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    dpeters11

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    So what, we should just decide things are the way they are and just watch Snooki through our magic boxes? Might as well say, the apple falls but we don't care why. I'm glad Newton and his successors didn't do that.
     
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    Did Snooki do something with the Kardashian's or something? That WOULD have some gravity and mass! And someone dropped an Apple (iPhone?). That's huge news.

    Leave the scientists alone.
     
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    Those particles were fundamental in their times.

    It's like getting the explanation as to how sex works. If when you were a child and you first asked about the "birds and bees", you got an answer from your parents that was appropriate for a child. When you became a teenager, you found answers that were age appropriate from your friends. And as an adult, you might have read a book with advice on sex that was appropriate to your understanding as an adult.

    If we hadn't discovered the proton and electron, we couldn't have gotten to the quarks and the leptons. And if we didn't understand quarks, leptons and gauge bosons, we'd never get to the Higgs Boson.

    You need to start with Dick, Jane and Spot to read Hemingway.
    Words do reduce things often to beyond what's desirable but if you don't know the right words, you can't even ask the right question. You're right: we may not ever know the fundamental nature of the universe but what we are doing now is developing the syntax to have the discussion.
     
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    So - how does mankind benefit from this discovery?
     
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    I don't know who this "Man" guy is, but he sounds like an idiot.
     
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    Maynard Krebs knew him. So did Cheech and Chong.
     
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    Throughout human existence, when scientific discoveries are made, those that ridicule either don't understand them or fear them.
     
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    Kaku says it could lead to the actual proof of dark matter, string theory up to evidence of a multiverse. Now, if your asking how it benefits every day life, I don't know if it does. But that shouldn't stop us.
     
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    Dark matter has a roof??? :eek: Who knew? :shrug:
     
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    Dang it, I hate typos :)

    But I'm wondering if these discoveries could help the average Joe in ways we don't know yet. Most people don't know the physics of how their cell phone works, and the original discoverers of radio waves certainly didn't see that application coming.
     
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    Heck, I accept them but don't understand them. My real understanding of physics stops at Newton. Everything else at the theoretical level will elicit from me a "that's cool" like I have a PhD in Quantum Mechanics. But while I try to understand by reading books by guys like Hawking, my brain tends to shut down sometime before page 10.

    I suppose that's because Newton and I were almost contemporaries. ;)
     
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