July 05, 2012

What the Higgs boson means for our understanding of nature

Posted: July 05, 2012
The discovery of a new "Higgs-like" particle could have great implications for our understanding of the universe.
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"The discovery announced today in Geneva represents a quantum leap (literally) in our understanding of nature at its fundamental scale" writes ASU's Lawrence Krauss, ASU Foundation Professor in the School of Space and Earth Exploration and the Department of Physics, in a Future Tense article on Slate. 

Krauss explains why scientists are hesitant to announce that they have discovered the Higgs boson, and instead say they’ve found a new particle that is "Higgs-like." Krauss also offers a set of questions that could be answered or deemed obsolete as a result of this discovery. 

Krauss, author of “A Universe from Nothing: Why There is Something Rather Than Nothing,” shares a personal interest in this discovery. The role of a Higgs-like particle coincides with his argument that our current understanding of physics allows for the universe to have naturally evolved from nothing.

The article, titled "A Quantum Leap: The discovery of the Higgs boson particle puts our understanding of nature on a new firm footing," can be found at the link below.

Article source:
Slate Magazine


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