HIggs boson (God Particle)

Many people have heard about the  Higgs Boson, better known  as the God Particle, from random news outlets or just social media. This website aims to give people such as yourself a better understanding of what the Higgs Boson is, how it was found, and what implications it has within the world of physics and beyond. venture into the world of particle physics and enjoy the ride!

Where did the nickname come from?

I would like to address one common question that many people inevitably have, "where does the name God Particle come from?". As it turns out it was just by chance that it got it's name. The name came from the working title of a book written by Leon Lederman. In an interview regarding the book prior to release the used the term "God Particle" in their title and it stuck. The media saw the phrase   as a good way to catch people's attention so they used it. Lederman later said that he gave the Higgs Boson that nickname because "the publisher wouldn't let us call it the Goddamn Particle, thought  that might have been a more appropriate title,  given its villainous nature and the expense it is causing".


Get a general understanding of what the Higgs Boson is and where it fits in with our current knowledge.

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Learn a little about how we got to where we were and the brilliant minds behind the Higgs Boson.

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Find out how scientists were able to prove the existence of a particle that is smaller than an electron.

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Discover why this discovery is so highly conversed and what it means to the world we live in.

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