A graphic shows traces of collision of particles at the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) on December 13, 2011 in Geneva.

Admittedly, I get geeky over stuff like this “God particle.” But for the record, I’m betting that God also shows up as a wave, depending on who’s … ahem… Witnessing.

Physics has a well-deserved reputation for being horrendously complicated, but sometimes its the simplest questions that lead to truly profound insights. When Einstein asked himself, “What would happen if you could ride on a beam of light?” for example, the answer led him to the Special Theory of Relativity.

For the past few decades, particle physicists have been wrestling with another deceptively simple question: Why does anything have mass? You might wonder “why not?” But according to modern physics, you cant get away that easily. The existence of mass — the property of matter that gives gravity something to pull on — needs explaining.

via God Particle Found? Search for the Higgs Boson Narrows – TIME.

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