From A CERN Press Release: ‘CERN Experiments Observe Particle Consistent With Long-Sought Higgs Boson’

Full release here.

“The results are preliminary but the 5 sigma signal at around 125 GeV we’re seeing is dramatic. This is indeed a new particle. We know it must be a boson and it’s the heaviest boson ever found,” said CMS experiment spokesperson Joe Incandela. “The implications are very significant and it is precisely for this reason that we must be extremely diligent in all of our studies and cross-checks.”

They’re still going over the 2012 data, but an apparent triumph for the Standard Model and the structure being built atop 20th century physics.

Tommaso Dorigo has more here.

Some links for non-scientists like myself:  A commenter links here.  CERN article here and background article here.

Related On This Site:  Good video from University of California TV:  What’s that huge machine for…how do you know it when you find it…how do you know when you don’t…how do you  know what you don’t know?: From Youtube Via “Hunting The Higgs”From A Quantum Diaries Survivor: ‘Firm Evidence Of A Higgs Boson At Last!’From Scientific Blogging: ‘Einstein On Steroids: Dirac, The Higgs, And Speeding Neutrinos’

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Sean Carroll And Jennifer Oullette At Bloggingheads: LHC And Higgs Boson

Full diavlog here.

What is the Higgs-Boson field/particle and how does it give other particles mass?  What are fields?

What is the universe?: Carroll states:  “A set of fields obeying the rules of quantum mechanics”

It makes me wonder…

Do we need philosophers, anyways?: 

The lesson to draw from his [Kant’s] careful discussion of this subject might well be not that there must be a form of reality lying beyond space and time but rather that nothing can be real that does not conform to spatial and temporal requirements. Space and time are bound up with particularity, and only what is particular can be real.”

Related On This SiteSean Carroll Is Live-Blogging The LHC Startup and Sean Carroll: What Will The LHC Find?

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