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What is the Higgs Boson?

Scientists behind Sixty Symbols (Ed Copeland, Roger Bowley and Tony Padilla from the University of Nottingham) are doing their best to answer what actually is the Higgs Boson.

Named after Peter Higgs, an Edinburgh University physicist, the Higgs boson is crucial to understanding the origin of mass. The Higgs boson is a hypothetical elementary particle predicted by the Standard Model of particle physics. It belongs to a class of particles known as bosons, characterized by an integer value of their spin quantum number.

The Higgs field is a quantum field with a non-zero value that fills all of space, and explains why fundamental particles such as quarks and electrons have mass. The Higgs boson is an excitation of the Higgs field above its ground state.
Experiments to determine whether the Higgs boson exists are currently being performed using the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN.


  1. Not gonna happen we’re going to destroy all other life on this planet that doesn’t do well under Humans like Dogs or Rats. We’ll be our own demise, destroy ourselves and life as we know it and die out paving the way for the next dominate species to take over.

  2. Exactly the point! Why do we do it at the insane price of human carnage and war. Our intelligence evolved to solve problems. Sentient animals as we know it is an awful evolution of what we know as life. We need to end this thing in a dignified manner “not suicide” but stop nataling and let this life thing go.

  3. I don’t understand the definitions of zero versus none zero values. How does a scientist measure that? The speaker implies that it is due to spin of a particle. Is it the spin that sets a none negative value to a particle?

  4. Ironically, as I’ve just said elsewhere, due to the way YouTube displays message, the order they were written, as identified by their start, was:
    1) Forces involve transition…
    2) Gravity, which is a force…
    3) The mechanism is the means…

  5. The mechanism is the means by which a particle can interact with the Higgs field. More energy does not equate more interaction. For example, a proton is, subatomically speaking, a significant amount of energy; yet, its interaction with Higgs field is far less significant than that energy might suggest. For example, a top quark, a quark, mind you, something with less energy than the hadrons they make up (like protons), interacts as strongly with the Higgs field as a tungsten atom.

  6. Gravity, which is a force, is the attraction of masses, relative to their distances (inverse square law). Gravity is what happens AFTER a particle has mass. The Higgs boson is the energy exchanged between particles as we generally know them and the Higgs field. The Higgs field is a pervasive tensor, a fancy calculus term to mean it has value everywhere, but that value is just a value, and the interaction with the field is dependent on a second mechanism, hence “The Higgs Mechanism.” CharLim

  7. Forces involve transition, as a result, there are only four forces recognized by the Standard Model: The Strong Force, the effect varies on quarks, reducing its effect after they get close enough (asymptotic freedom); The Weak Force, which can exchange and disrupt the structure of quarks; Electro-Magnetic Force, which uses charges to repel or attract charged particles. Gravity, and it is very importanty, Gravity…will be covered after the character limit.

  8. Have you no faith in natural selection? Dumb should get itself thinned out over time. Take the US, for example. The pinnacle of the Sciences. The first country founded on Enlightenment principles. The only country founded by Natural Philosophers. Yet, dumb won due the ease of manipulation by the clever and greedy. While other countries now offer free superior education at all levels, the US has disdain for education, and will soon collapse because of it.
    More smart people = stability.

    • More smart people (not greedy/patriot) = stability.
      Please join our country to make sure we have 1 more smart people (not greedy/patriot). Pretty pretty please.

  9. The Higgs field is a jewish theory, it has been manipulated to popularity inorder to enslave humanity from Israel, Just like the theory of relativity.

  10. liar!!! it was all god haaha dumb scientists with their speed of lights and particles.. they need some JESUS i their lives. JESUS CRIST OF AMERICA IS GOD !

  11. Turkey`s concentration camp is hided in a wood in near of Ankara.With different torture practices turks kill the kidnaped offerings.The offerings scream very loud and everywhere dabble the blood of them.Its a criminell country.


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