Don’t Know What the Heck the Higgs Boson Is? Watch More Cartoons.

Until this week, whenever I heard people mention the “Higgs Boson,” I figured they were referring to a species of buffalo that used to roam the American midwest until they were all but hunted into extinction by a carnival frontiersman named Wild Bill Higgs.

But yesterday, CERN, the European organization that shoots subatomic particles around the circumference of a giant donut-shaped tube, announced it has almost certainly uncovered the subatomic particle that has eluded physicists for decades– the Higgs Boson, a.k.a. the God Particle, so-called because it’s believed the Higgs boson is the particle that makes possible all the other particles by…

That’s where it gets sticky. Despite all the learned explanations that followed the announcement, I was getting a headache trying to understand the Higgs boson–until I stumbled across an animated cartoon produced by Ph.D. Comics.

If you, too, have a raging interest in particle physics — It’s a perfectly natural thing all young geeks go through. No need to feel ashamed. — but you have a Newtonian knowledge level–and by that, I mean the cookie, not the guy who figured out gravity when an apple dropped on his head–then you may find the video just below as enlightening as I did. Enjoy.



  1. Ziggy

    July 6, 2012 at 8:05 am

    Gee whiz, Ron, I think I’ve got it.

    But here’s a better
    explanation in order to understand Higgs Boson.

    Assign each letter in Higgs Boson with its alphabetical
    numerical value.

    So Higgs would be 8+9+7+7+19, which equals 50.

    Likewise, Boson would be 2+15+19+15+14, which equals 65.

    Now add 50 and 65 to get 115.

    Next take the single digits of 115 and add them up. Now you
    would have 1+1+5=7.

    Lo and behold, what is the seventh letter of the
    alphabet? It’s G!

    Yep, G for God. That’s
    what Higgs Boson is all about. Eerie, eh!

    • Steve Krause

      July 6, 2012 at 1:20 pm

      Ok um I got it. :) :)

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