For thousands of years the curious and the romantic have studied the night sky and wondered if anything else is out there. Four centuries ago Galileo Galilie answered the question of the ages: Yes.
hundreds of stars,
mountains on the Moon,
satellites of Jupiter.
What Else Is Out There To Discover?
According to physicists most of the Universe is still to be discovered.
In 2010, Richard Panek, a journalist not a physicist, summed up what he gleaned from physicists by saying, “only 4 percent of the universe consists of the matter that makes up you, me, our books, and every star and planet. The rest is completely unknown.” The 4% Universe: Dark Matter, Dark Energy And The Race To Discover The Rest Of Reality.
That’s a lot of unknown.
The Higgs Boson
That’s where the “Higgs boson” (in some circles known as “the God particle”) comes in.
The Higgs boson matters because its about matter.
(Timeout: “Bosons” are thought to be particles which are responsible for all physical forces. Other known bosons are the photon, the W and Z bosons, and the gluon. OK, keep reading.)
According to the theory laid out by Scottish physicist Peter Higgs in 1964, the Higgs boson is the physical proof of an invisible, universe-wide field that gave mass to all matter right after “the Big Bang.”
Jeffery Kluger writing in TIME explained it this way, “No Higgs, no mass; no mass, no you, me, or anything else.”
Was Everything Spoken Into Existence?
I like the Biblical statement regarding the unknown forces holding our Universe together.
“For in Him (Jesus) all things were created: He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” Colossians 1:16,17 (NIV)
Note: the Bible never tries to PROVE who holds the world together. The Bible states it as fact.
I believe the first words of Genesis chapter one. “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”
Where there was nothing, God created something. God spoke everything into existence.
“Let there be light and there was light.”
“Let there be water…and it was so.”
“Let there be dry ground and it was so.”
Faith and Science
I love the description of creation in Hebrews 1:3 – “By his Son (Jesus), God created the world in the beginning…He holds everything together by what He says.” Hebrews 1:2 (The Message Bible)
Believing the Bible doesn’t mean you must throw out science. There is a universe of room for a scientist to embrace faith.
Faith and science go together as couplet, like soup and sandwich.
Science is a way of admiring God.
The God Particle
Why do journalists—not physicists—call the Higgs particle “the God particle”?
Its because Leon Lederman, a Nobel-prize winning physicist, wrote a book in which he wanted to call the Higgs particle the “god-!?*!” particle,” because it was so hard to find.
Apparently, Lederman’s publishers thought “God particle” would sell better.
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