Little Higgs Boson is big deal

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The tentative confirmation of the existence of the Higgs Boson is exciting for the scientific community, and I am feeling a little excited myself. It means Madera is up to the tops of its almond trees in Higgs Bosons, and we didn’t even know it.

The Higgs Boson may be the reason for the smog we see. It also may be the reason for the fog we get in the winter time.

We finally have something to blame besides global warming.

The Higgs Boson was confirmed by shooting protons at protons in the Large Hadron Collider in Bern, Switzerland. The idea was to knock a chunk off a proton. That chunk would be the Higgs Boson.

Some people are calling this the God Particle because, they say, it may explain how the universe got going in the first place. That new explanation might do away with the Big Bang Theory. We could replace that set of assumptions with the Teeny Boson Theory.

Who’s to say, however, that Higgs Bosons aren’t actually huge compared to the particles that make them up? We, the people, always decide what is large or small by comparing it to ourselves, but that may be self-delusion. Whether it is part of a big building or a little outdoor fireplace, for example, a brick is a brick, always pretty much the same size, almost always held together by mortar, which is made of sand. Cities in some places are made of brick walls and outdoor fireplaces, which are made of bricks, which are held together by mortar, which is made of sand.

Some day someone will determine that Higgs Bosons are made of particles that are even smaller, which will be interesting. But to an ant walking along the top of a brick, the brick looks huge. If the brick is part of a wall, the ant may never see the wall from far enough away to be able to gauge the relationship.

That’s why the apparent confirmation of the Higgs Boson is interesting. It puts everything into perspective — at least for a while, until a smaller particle, or perhaps a bigger one is discovered.

 

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