Anybody Seen A Higgs Bosun Around Here?

It’s interesting to study the history of advances in physics.  Galileo, Newton, Einstein

In the early twentieth century Einstein came up with the theory of relativity.   Everybody was amazed.  A radical departure.  But it made sense, at least to theoretical physicists.  It explained everything.  Well except for this one thing.  What was left became the next quest, a theory that would reconcile the four forces in the universe: gravity, electromagnetism, strong nuclear force, and weak nuclear force. So the search began for the unified field theory.

Now there came along something new, quantum physics.  Sometimes things act like particles, sometimes waves.  Great.  They came to understand quantum mechanics and all was well.  But wait.  Relativity explained things on the macro level and quantum mechanics explained things on the micro level but when you tried to reconcile the two there were conflicts.

So somehow that led us to string theory where there were alternate universes and an abundance of dimensions.  Does it seem to you that things keep getting more complex and more bizarre?  And proofs of the validity of the theories keep more elusive and nebulous.  And every new theory opens up a new discrepancy, another hole to plug.

So we come to the Higgs bosun.  The Standard Model of particle physics has a hole.  The universe was a tightly packed ball of energy.  It exploded into the Big Bang and energy went everywhere.  The problem is there was no reason for any of this energy to attain mass, to become physical objects.  The answer to this was something called the Higgs Field, an energy field that permeates the universe, which in conjunction with the Higgs bosun has the ability to impart mass to energy, to create particles which become the physical objects that make a real, physical universe.  (I’m aware that I am probably getting the details of this wrong even though I do have a physics degree.  I wrote it out myself with a felt tip pen on the back of a carryout menu I got at a Chinese restaurant.)

So the search is on for evidence of the Higgs bosun.  This will explain everything.  Or it will bring us to the next great contradiction.

It seems to me that the more we find out the more unlikely the existence of the universe is.  What if there was no Higgs Field or Higgs bosun?  It seems that the odds are greatly, I mean very greatly, in favor of the universe being snuffed out in the next instant after the big bang.  Our existence and the existence of all of physical reality is balanced on the edge of a very sharp knife.

Maybe we should look to Occam’s Razor here.  “Simpler explanations are, other things being equal, generally better than more complex ones.”  The seems to me that rather than accepting a random combination of unlikely events and forces as the reason for our existence we should acknowledge the possibility of an intelligent guiding hand behind it all.  I think the odds are in favor of the existence of God.

By the way here is a interesting article that addresses this a lot more clearly.


About Angus Lewis

My wife and I lived our whole lives in Arkansas until ten years ago. We moved to the Kansas City area in 2011 (a job change). That was the reason for the 'From a Far Country' title. Our children and grandchildren were in Arkansas. Six months ago we sold our house and bought one in Sherwood, Arkansas and my wife moved back down here. Two weeks ago I retired and moved back too. (I'm probably going to try to find something part time to keep me out of trouble.) So maybe the 'From a Far Country' title is not so much of a fit anymore. But I think I'll stick with it. I'm still not home. Not yet. The Bible says we are all strangers and pilgrims here. Our real home is with God and some day we'll be there. We'll be home.
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7 Responses to Anybody Seen A Higgs Bosun Around Here?

  1. Naphtali says:

    Laughing! Now what was the name of that Chinese restaurant? lol!

  2. I’ve also read where the scientists describe the data from their experiments in searching for this Higgs Bosun what-have-you as being “right at the boundary of where you might get a vague hint of something.” What?!? They also call it “The God Particle.” Hmmm…

  3. In Texas, that Jackalope is called, I believe, a chupacabra.

  4. Joani says:

    Do you really have a physics degree or was that just sarcasm? It’s like you have this secret life that I know nothing about… 🙂

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