Explaining the Higgs boson ..

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Very clever and great cartooning. Pity about the background noise.
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It went a bit too fast for me Joe. Younger grey matter might be able to keep up with it better.
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It's over seven minutes long, Brian. Younger grey matter will have left the room long ago.
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:lol: :lol: . It's called instant gratification.
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I left the room after about one minute.
Does that mean I am young?

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Dear Brian
From the little I've seen (incidentally I didn't get the NASA cartoon working but likely it wouldn't suit me anyway?)
Or I've heard - the Higgs bosun seems to have sunk into a bit of obscurity.
The last thing I think I recall reading about it there seemed to be a strong body of opinion that the name of the elusive particle should be changed - possibly even dropping the name Higgs completely - there seemed to be some suggestions that umpteen particle scientists had come up with the idea of this unknown particle about the same time and so it might not be appropriate to solely associate it with Higgs.
Fair thinking or just sour grapes ???
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Dear Brian
Things seem to have changed pretty dramatically in the last few days.
Though not yet totally certain the latest news seems to be that there are now valid reasons for believing the Hito ggs Bosun has been fairly satisfactorily detected.
However, explaining the matter to the general lay public isn't going to be easy. I must admit though very much a lay person myself on the issues I think being some sort of amateur astronomer myself I should have more understanding about the Higgs than some people but I'm struggling to grasp what it means (even though I gather its confirmation does mean the standard model makes more sense).
To be fair, although I'm no lover of the MP David Willetts, I think he did a brave job when talking about the Higgs Bosun on TV today.
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It might be worth your while to see the Higgs cartoon Cliff. The information it gives on the Higgs boson isn't difficult to understand, but, due to the rapidity of the presentation, I find the animation too fast to keep up with.
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Dear Brian
I couldn't get the Higgs Bosun cartoon explanation working, although I didn't persist trying very long.From what I gather though I don't think I would gather much from it anyway. However, I assume there will be some new books out soon telling us about the HB in simple terms (?).
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