Best explanation of the Higgs Boson deal I’ve seen.
Would be the boson, named after Satyendra Nath Bose, who the elementary particle is named after. The Higgs Boson (or boson) has been in the news for being discovered, showing that Standard Model Physics kinda works but also creating a lot of data to drive further discoveries. Now Indian scientists are pushing for the Boson part to be capitalized (which I already do) to highlight the contribution of the Indian genius Bose.
In 1924, he sent a paper to Albert Einstein describing a statistical model that eventually led to the discovery of the Bose-Einstein condensate phenomenon.
The paper was the basis for naming two fundamental classes of sub-atomic particles – bosons and fermions (after Italian Enrico Fermi). (The Age)
Bose was a fascinating and inspiring figure to the world. I once had a Philosophy Of Science professor ask me (in a fit of pique) what India had ever contributed to the world, as in science. I was shocked and couldn’t answer. I wish I’d known about Bose then. India has contributed both the number zero, as we know it, and apparently the concept of a boson, which I don’t quite get but which seems awesome in the video above. I must say that the ‘charm fermion’ is my favorite element. So here’s to the Higgs Boson, and all the science and scientists that contributed to it in little and big ways.