Originally posted by Cabin
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, just simplifying.
Originally posted by Bluesma represents the secret to matter, which for many people is synonymous with creation of the physical world.
It HAS been commonly called "the God Particle" in the media, for many years now, for that reason.
Originally posted by CommanderCraCra
Wow. You really aren't getting it... at all. Autistic or something?
The only way to spread the awareness to the masses of these kinda things is to dumb it down, to "lie" as you are calling it.
The Higgs boson, also called the “God particle” is highly important to physics. The boson and its energy field were crucial in the shaping of the universe that is linked to the 13.7-billion year Big Bang Theory. This pertains to the creation of stars, of the planets and all life forms, and in scientific jargon, the particle that gives mass to matter.
While the discovery may not interest the laymen, it is a monumental find in the scientific community as this will enable them to have a better understanding of the formation of the universe, because for them, the Higgs boson is its building block.
Although quantum field theories are not directly related to the creation-evolution controversy, the Higgs field is sometimes discussed within the context of Big Bang cosmology. Shortly after the supposed Big Bang, proponents speculate that as the very high temperatures in the early universe decreased, a change in the Higgs field occurred, so that it was able to interact with particles in such a way as to give them mass. (The theoretical change in the Higgs field at high temperatures is somewhat similar to the way a magnet can lose its magnetism if heated above a high temperature.)8
But, presumably, particles would have mass as a result of their interaction with the Higgs field in either a creation or an evolution scenario, provided that temperatures are sufficiently low. Why would a theoretical change in the Higgs field at extremely high temperatures necessarily imply that such high temperatures were actually present in the early universe? Moreover, a major media outlet acknowledged the lack of direct evidence for this hypothetical high-temperature transition in the Higgs field, despite the general pro-evolution bias of the popular press.9
Physicist and popular author Michio Kaku wrote:
In quantum physics, it was a Higgs-like particle that sparked the cosmic explosion [the Big Bang]. In other words, everything we see around us, including galaxies, stars, planets and us, owes its existence to the Higgs boson.10
Kaku’s statement is ambiguous because it is not clear whether he is claiming that the Higgs boson itself or another still-hypothetical Higgs-like particle would have been the cause of the Big Bang. He is apparently alluding to the fact that Big Bang cosmologists speculate that a Higgs-like scalar field, the inflaton, could have caused inflation—a phenomenon needed in order to solve serious (if not fatal) problems in the original Big Bang model.
I myself chose not to be a zombie.
Perhaps you decide otherwise and believe what you are fed without an opinion as an individual.
Originally posted by Erowynn
I took his astronomy course at CCNY. Whether or not he is as brilliant as people think he is, I couldn't tell you. While I was initially beyond excited to get a seat in his class, by the end of the semester it felt like a huge waste of time. He dumbs down his courses unnecessarily, and on the days he would actually decide to show up and teach he would often just play us a video of himself on Science or Discovery. If I really wanted to get my education from cable TV I could have done it at home for free.
What I can tell you is that the man is extremely full of himself. He calls himself a "popularizer of science" but he really should be called a "popularizer of Kaku." He name drops constantly and looooves talking about himself and his accomplishments. Loves it. Can't get enough of it. It's sickening. But thanks for the A!
edit on 21-3-2013 by Erowynn because: (no reason given)