We (probably) found the Higgs Boson. Now what?


25 Responses to “We (probably) found the Higgs Boson. Now what?”

  1. beforewepost says:

    Where does the graviton fit in the standard model? The Higgs gives particles their mass – does it also account for why mass is attracted to mass?

    • Nope. We talk about that in the radio bit, but that’s one of the problems with the Standard Model. No connection between gravity and the quantum world. (At least until somebody finds those hypothetical gravitons)

      • jandrese says:

        One impression I’ve gotten from high energy physicists is that a lot of people don’t like Standard Model, and think that it’s probably wrong, but are constantly annoyed that its predictions hold true in experiments. 

        Is this accurate or are there just a lot of grumpy sourpusses with their own theories that have not held up or simply not tested? 

        • The impression I’ve gotten is more of a charitable version of that. 
          There are legit things that the Standard Model doesn’t explain and that bugs people. 
          It would be a lot more fun for physicists if the Standard Model were wrong, because there’d be more to discover. 
          There’s some concern that funding will dry up if it looks like we’ve got it all figured out and the Standard Model solves everything. 

          Combine. Swish around with varying levels of disgruntledness. Serve. 

          • bluelight74 says:

            How can you say The Standard Model solves everything in one post and then say that the standard Model can’t explain gravity. ( we have a mathematical model for its behavior it but we do not know how or what it is truly) I think it’s pretty ridiculous to ever say that “there’s nothing left to discover”  Hell we can’t even get past the chemical rocket stage of space travel.  We’ve barely scratched the surface of discovery.

          • Handletag says:

            You know what  else  needs to be discovered?  How some people can  read the phrase “if it looks like we’ve got it all figured out” and completely miss the word “if”.

    • Bo Treat says:

      maybe all forms of matter are attracted to their common molecule like water, and mercury.  its just to what super infinitesimal amount that we can’t see or begin to measure, also take into account that other greater forces over take the smaller ones rendering them even more impossible to detect.

      • beforewepost says:


        Feynman posed the problem that if a graviton existed, then why didn’t planets whiz away from the sun? The basic idea is that as the planet moves through space, its front side  hits more gravitons than the trailing side just as a windshield hits more raindrops than the rear window. More graviton interactions at the front side would accelerate the planet forwards which would move it away from the sun.  But if a graviton doesn’t exist then how does matter warp space time?

  2. niktemadur says:

    We (probably) found the Higgs Boson. Now what?

    Now we kick back and relax.
    Seriously, isn’t SUSY next on the tick list?

  3. Art says:

    Now what?  Deep fry it. Of course.

  4. oasisob1 says:

    Tranquilize it, chain it up and bring it home to put on display to thousands of screaming fans. Seriously, what could go wrong?

  5. peregrinus says:

     Now?  Step into the loving embrace of His Noodly Appendage, and acknowledge His real name.

  6. dave3 says:

    If you’ve truly found the Higgs Boson, set if free. If it comes back to you, you’ll know that it’s true love.

    • awjt says:

      Alas, only particles of it returned, and the sum of their masses does not equal the energy expended in their creation.

  7. Luther Blissett says:

    Without having listened to the piece: what about asking someone working at the LHC who’s designing some of the next major grant proposals?

    I guess: pas de science sans Comic Sans.

  8. Christopher Ashton says:

    Great show!  I heard some of it this morning, and just finished up the rest.  Thanks for posting it.

  9. Eark_the_Bunny says:

    What is next is obvious.  They should put an ad in the paper saying:  FOUND  HIGGS BOSON.  Will Mister Higgs please contact us at 555-5555 so we can return his lost boson.

  10. mrtut says:

    Behold the Higgs Boson’s awesome ability to cause dataviz motion blur! 

    Let us all pray it does’t leap out of the image frame…

  11. Ian Brewer says:

    We all know that’s really an FSM hatchling.

  12. mediaferret says:

    Next up: Find the boson nova. Brazil is a good place to start looking.

  13. NelC says:

    Apropos of nothing in particular: Nick Cave’s new album includes a song called ‘The Higgs Boson Blues’ which he’d just finished recording when the discovery was announced.


  14. CLamb says:

    Tax it–a far better solution than minting a $1,000,000,000,000 coin.

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