Search for 'the God particle' continues

“Editor’s View,” Daily News Briefing The Christian Science Monitor December 13, 2011

In the world of physics, the elusive field associated with the Higgs boson is believed to confer mass to particles that make up the material universe. Finding verifiable proof of the Higgs boson would shore up the Standard Model of physics—the model based on quarks and leptons as the fundamental building blocks for atoms, as well as the family of particles associated with the forces that act on them.

That’s the model, if you will, of a universe evolved by atomic force. [On December 13], scientists from the European Center for Nuclear Research are scheduled to report findings that may show evidence of the Higgs. Or not. Even if Higgs doesn’t exist, that tells us something about physics.

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