Yet another unexpected and unplanned post...
But hey, such are the times we live in.
As you may have heard by now, researchers from CERN have announced that they have reached a 99.99995 % (or "at 4.9 sigma significance", as they put it) of certainty that they have found the Higgs boson, also known as "the God particle".
What is the Higgs boson?
And why is it called "the God particle"?
To put it very, very simply - but then, all the greatest things in the world are simple - the Higgs boson (called after Peter Higgs, the British physicist who was among the first physicists to theorise about its existence around 1964) is a mysterious subatomic particle that imparts the components of every atom their mass.
They need mass to stay together and form an atom, in the first place, or they would be dispersed, buzzing around and forming nothing.
That, I am assuming, is why it is called "the God particle".
It gives an extra meaning to the saying God is love, doesn't it?
Think about eros.
It's not just porn, you know. :)
In fact, it is the cohesive force of everything that is.