Peter Higgs Explains Higgs Particle

Submitted by: Oystah 3 years ago Science

In 120 seconds. I still don"t get it.
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Male 128
@patchouly,
I think it is difficult to explain period. My criticism is that your analogy is misleading and incorrect. Gravity is not a good way to explain it, because the Higgs imparts MASS, not gravity. The gravitational field is not peppered with tiny Higgs particles. Your analogy is a good way to explain the impact of mass on the geometry of space-time -- thereby giving a description of gravity. This is not a simple way to understand the Higgs, however, the Higgs is in fact not present in the analogy at all! It is what gave your objects mass before your analogy even started!

I am all for simple analogies to improve understanding, especially for the general public. But ones that mis-educate are worse than ignorance, because the reader leaves believing (s)he knows something, when in fact the information is plumb wrong. In these cases, it is better to simply not know.
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Male 17,512
There is still no proof the Higgs Boson exists. Let alone Higgs` own field theory.

My personal belief? I think all particles are trans-dimensional and we can`t measure weight that doesn`t exist within the dimensions we can perceive. So far the unified field theory (aka string theory) says at least 10, possibly 11 or more dimensions exist. That leaves a lot of room for things we can`t measure or perceive scientifically.
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Male 12,365
[quote]It still comes back to "so what?" What does it give us in return for the billions that could have gone to people who don`t even know where their next meal is coming from?[/quote]

The possibility of a better future for humanity.

There is nothing, nothing at all, more important than learning more about how the universe works.

An increasing number of people are living in increasing comfort and safety because people have learned more about how the universe works.

To pick one example: Smallpox killed 400 million people between 1900 and 1970. Smallpox kills nobody now because of knowledge about how the universe works.

Because of people learning more about how the universe works, you can live in safety and comfort and tell people all over the world that we shouldn`t try to learn more about how the universe works.
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Male 907
The way he explains it, it sounds a lot like what 19th Century scientists called, the "ether".
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Male 4,893

Patchouly - The Higgs field is not made up of Higgs bosons. It doesn`t work quite like that. Some compare the Higgs field to water, and the boson to water molecules, but that is not correct either. The Higgs boson is quite large.

The hard part to grasp is that people think of fundamental particles as, well...particles, but they are actually standing waves of energy. These waves can only exist at specific energy levels (sizes) because of destructive interference. As an audio guy, I`m sure you know about constructive, and destructive interference of waves. Because of destructive intergerence, the boson can only exist as a very large "particle" when removed from the field.
If the Higgs field were frozen water the molecules could not be separated, but larger chunks of an exact size (the boson) could be.
It`s still a bad analogy, but the best I can come up with.

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Male 4,746
@BuckeyeJoe,
I know I used the analogy for gravity, but it is the easiest way to explain the Higgs Boson field. I would never claim to understand it better than Higgs, but he seemed to be having a difficult time explaining it in a way that the layman can understand. That`s why I used the pantyhose analogy.
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Male 6,227
~passes paw quickly over forehead~

*fwoosh!*
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Male 5,094
icdumbpeople: No. You do not touch fundamental scientific research. If you`re going to complain about unnessecary spending go look at the average sport star`s wages.
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Male 177
It still comes back to "so what?" What does it give us in return for the billions that could have gone to people who don`t even know where their next meal is coming from?
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Male 128
@patchouly: I do not think the Higgs Field is straight forward at all. It is quite complicated. In your description, you explain the gravitational field, not the Higgs Field. The two are not the same.

I think it may be a bit unwise to claim that you can explain the Higgs better then....Peter Higgs.
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Male 4,746
It`s fairly straight forward.

This is a very simplified version, but it gives you the idea. Picture a pair of pantyhose stretched across a wooden frame. Place a heavy ball bearing in the center. It will naturally stretch down the pantyhose. Now, place a smaller ballbearing near the first one. It will roll toward the heavier one. That`s how gravity works.

The field that the panyhose represents is the Higgs Boson field. That field is comprised of Higgs Boson particles.

Now, again, that is a very "walking the edge" analogy, but it does explain it better than Higgs did.
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Male 5,927
I really wish I had a better understanding of the theoretical physics these guys study. I try to gleam what I can from books but admittedly a lot of this is still beyond my understanding.
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Female 4,039
Link: Peter Higgs Explains Higgs Particle [Rate Link] - In 120 seconds. I still don`t get it.
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