Originally posted by ModernAcademia
The Allegedly Great Kaku doesn't always know what he's talking about.
Kaku revently was on CBS News being interviewed regarding the Higgs Boson.
Video Interview here:
In the above link Kaku is being interviewed about the Higgs.
He says in that video that the Higgs is also called the "God Particle" because it's what created the big bang.
He also says that the higgs is something that joins everything together.
Both statements are completely untrue and it's crazy that someone like Kaku said that.
Some particles have mass while others don't, why is that?
It's believed to be because of the higgs, it gives certain particles mass and scientists want to find out why it doesn't give other particles
That's what the Higgs is.
Kaku is either lying or he doesn't know what he's talking about!!!!
I think everyone should know this, thanks
edit on 21-3-2013 by ModernAcademia because: (no reason given)
Sorry, but he knows way more about theoretical physics than you do...
As you say, he was talking in CBS news.
The number one rule of public speaking is making your speech understabale for everybody in the audience by choosing word and explanations based on the
educational level, age group and so on. Usually the channels make it pretty clear to the scientist how he has to talk.
I am not American, although I believe CBS news has a really large target group watching it - from bluecollar employees who have never finished
high-school to people with high academic credentials.
The point is, when he went even a bit into the more scientific part, most of the audience does not get anything.
What if he talked in the level of Wikipedia:
The Higgs boson or Higgs particle is an elementary particle initially theorised in 1964, and tentatively confirmed to exist on 14 March 2013.
The discovery has been called "monumental" because it appears to confirm the existence of the Higgs field, which is pivotal to the
Standard Model and other theories within particle physics, where it explains why some fundamental particles have mass when the symmetries controlling
their interactions should require them to be massless, and—linked to this—why the weak force has a much shorter range than the electromagnetic
That is more correct than what he said before, although most people would not understand it. Most people would not even know what a weak force is and
most people who know nothing about physics or know it on really elementary level would not understand it. Some would not even know what a particle is.
If he wanted to, he could be able to talk in such a level, that only other physicist understand it, although this is a general public channel not a
scientific channel. Even discovery is not scientifically very accurate channel.
The main point of his talk was simply to try to give the main concept and why it is important, nothing more. It was not even meant to be accurate,
Imagine when someone wanted to tell the shape of the earth. Most people would not want to hear about spheres or ellipsoids, simply saying round or
like a ball would perfectly explain it for them