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petsfed


Jul 9, 2012, 7:36 AM

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Re: [rrrADAM] Higgs found?
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In all seriousness, I have no idea what this discovery actually means, except that it is the most important experimental discovery in decades, and that physicists are right to celebrate it. Still, I think the real implications are lost in the naming. "God particle". pfft. It causes mass, or is mass, or whatever. All I see it really doing is providing a definitive mark of mass vs. energy and helps explain the relativistic equivalence of the two in a way that does not reduce to handwaving. Maybe knowing more about the higgs will allow us to make more efficient e.g. fusion systems but for now, its just interesting.

To paraphrase Feynman, science is a lot like sex: sure it has practical applications but that's not why we do it.


(This post was edited by petsfed on Jul 9, 2012, 7:37 AM)



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