The other day some Fermilab scientists stated they were on their way toward finding the legendary Higgs bosun particle. Today some brains at CERN announced that they have FOUND the bosun.
The Higgs theory explains how particles clumped together to form stars, planets and life itself. Without the Higgs boson, the universe would have remained a formless soup of particles shooting around at the speed of light, the theory goes.
It is the last undiscovered piece of the Standard Model that describes the fundamental make-up of the universe. The model is for physicists what the theory of evolution is for biologists.
What scientists do not yet know from the latest findings is whether the particle they have discovered is the Higgs boson as exactly described by the Standard Model. It could be a variant of the Higgs idea or an entirely new subatomic particle that could force a rethink on the fundamental structure of matter.
The last two possibilities are, in scientific terms, even more exciting.
Crazy amazing. Was I the only one thinking “Man, Sheldon Cooper is gonna be EXCITED next season” or were you thinking it too?