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Very quick question about the Higgs-Boson particle

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posted on Sep, 3 2008 @ 01:17 PM
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If we do find the elusive particle, everyone will be stoked, especially Dr. Higgs, obviously, and it would answer quite a few questions.

However, ho would we use this information in our daily lives? Is the information applicable to society, or is it just a simple, "Oh, now we know."?




posted on Sep, 3 2008 @ 01:47 PM
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This is just an example of an experiment to prove or disprove current scientific theories. While an individual experiment may not seem to have a great impact on your immediate life, it adds to our basic foundation for understanding our universe. To imply that an experiment should not be performed because it won't impact your individual life is very short sighted. Humans can and do explore and question the universe around us *because we can*... a very special gift indeed.



posted on Sep, 3 2008 @ 02:34 PM
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From en.wikipedia.org...


The Higgs boson or BEH Mechanism is a hypothetical massive scalar elementary particle predicted to exist by the Standard Model of particle physics; it is the only Standard Model particle not yet observed. Experimental observation would elucidate how otherwise massless elementary particles nevertheless manage to construct mass in matter. More specifically, the Higgs boson would explain the difference between the massless photon and the relatively massive W and Z bosons. Elementary particle masses, and the differences between electromagnetism (caused by the photon) and the weak force (caused by the W and Z bosons), are critical to many aspects of the structure of microscopic (and hence macroscopic) matter; thus, if it exists, the Higgs boson is an integral and pervasive component of the material world.


Essentially, the existance of the Higgs-Boson particle would validate much of existing physics as it stands today. Until the LHC can prove it's existance it stands as a wall stopping much of what we know on paper from actually becoming fact.

[edit on 3/9/2008 by Kryties]



posted on Sep, 3 2008 @ 05:40 PM
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So beisdes typing it into textbooks, it would have no use in reality? Sometimes I wonder how the $10 billion CERN used to make this collider wouldv'e affected the children in Africa...

Also, I guess I should stop hyphenating Higgs Boson, turns out that isn't correct.



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