The Large Hadron Collider is a superstar in the physics world, if only because it’s one of the few physics tools that have crossed over into mainstream consciousness. Basically everyone is aware of the LHC, thanks to the comic books and pop-up children’s books and
the whole “it’s going to destroy the world!” furor that surrounded the launch of the LHC. Well, as it turns out, all those mini-big bangs may have yielded the ultimate discovery. The CERN team at the LHC is bringing in reporters to its Geneva, Switzerland, headquarters and are expected to announce the discovery of the Higgs boson, AKA the God Particle.
First postulated by Peter Higgs in 1964, the Higgs boson is the lynchpin to the unified theory of physics, which states that all matter is composed ultimately of the same subatomic materials organized in a different way. The Higgs boson, according to scientists and the current theory, is the reason why we have elements and materials and all the things we take for granted (because we are composed of them). The Higgs is the glue that holds together subatomic particles.
This may be the first real evidence of the Higgs boson, and it’s all thanks to the world-threatening LHC.