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Particle Search

From:NY Times Article “Tantalizing Hints' but No Direct Proof in Particle Search” (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/14/science/tantalizing-hints-but-no-direct-proof-in-search-for-higgs-boson.html)
By DENNIS OVERBYE
Published: December 13, 2011

Well after struggling to get the title and link on the page, I am not even certain that the link works, or for that matter if anything is working on Google these days.  So that is a subject of a different color, for now, back to the subject at hand.

I read the article, a standard press release, not enough information to matter, and enough drama to make it interesting to other people that they might look at the advertising connected to it.  If you scan through the article you will find a couple of links to some data, but unless you know what you are looking for, or at, that is of little use as well.  It does validate their claims, to a degree, but what would the layman know of such things anyway.

A little bit further down the page you can read some interesting comments, like the one from the English professor who says details matter.  Oh really, do they, does the average reader really care if it is CERN, C.E.R.N, or Atlas, or whatever, they do not know what any of it means.  No quicker way to mark yourself an English geek than to get picky about acronyms.

The meat of the article states that the two teams may have found the “ subatomic particle known as the Higgs boson”, named after “Peter Ware Higgs (born 1929), British physicist” (from:http://query.nytimes.com/search/query?srchst=ref&query=Higgs%20boson), and also referred to as the “God Particle” as it explains mass.

The short of it is that it is a very tiny particle that has 500,000 times the mass of an electron, which if you have studied elementary science, you know that an electron is but a part of an atom, which itself is a very small particle of matter.  How is it that such a sub-atomic particle could contain such large mass, well that is what they are trying to discover.

First one should not confuse mass and volume, they are two distinct features of things.  Second, if such a particle could be identified it would do a lot to explain how the universe works.  Why, well the easy answer is that there is much more mass than volume in the universe, and since we can see the volume readily, it does not explain the mass.  We know that space is vast, but what if space were only as vast as we perceive.

Taking it a step further, if there were particle that had mass greater than the sum of whole of the mass of the universe as we know it, well that could mean that entire universes could fit in a vial, or even a small locket, provided that the container were yet more massive than the actual universe.  The point is, that the people who were in the universe no matter what the volume, would not know this, as they would perceive their universe to be as vast as that which we perceive our universe to be, be that it is not just one of those minute universes itself.

I am subjugating here, casting a wide net on the subject material because I can.  I can because I do not have to be peer reviewed, so I have nothing to prove.  Time is my proof, or it isn’t, it does not matter all that much to me.  Although I find the data fascinating, and with some struggle to get through the hype, I find the math solid and informative, it all adds up to this.  There is potential that what we know of as our universe may be just a small pebble in a much larger ocean of universes, and that there is potential for fiction much more fantastical than has previously been considered up till now.

We live in a fascinating time of scientific discovery, not unusual for the breaking of a new age.  What of this new age, what does it bring, along with potential for new tales beyond ones own imagination?  This is what I intend to discover, through study and trial and error.  I won’t be smashing particles, I leave that up to the technocrats, who have at least the machines, if not the knowledge (that part is debatable, they may be playing with things that they themselves do not fully comprehend).

In the end if these fine teams of scientist do discover the existence of the particle, the military industrial complex (enforcers of the financial wizards) will undoubtedly find some way of using it first as a weapon, before looking for any rational purpose for it.  I would lead to more, but I think I will leave that to my fiction work to work out the possible implications of such directions, and the true meaning of such a powerful discovery.  The “God particle” indeed.

JD

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