March 26, 2008

The Search For The God Particle

by Rohan Parker

Switzerland is set to host one of the most important particle physics experiments in decades, this summer, as scientists perform the Large Hadron Collider test in search of the Higgs boson. The Higgs boson is an elusive particle, which has been dubbed the God particle due to the fact that it may guide scientists to the most monumental theory of the universe to date.

Nobel laureate Steven Weinberg, a theoretical physicist from the University of Texas, has spoken with news sources to help enlighten why this particle is so important.

Weinberg responded, when asked if this experiment would lead to a more conclusive theory on how the universe was created, by saying that whilst the Large Hadron Collider isn’t likely to hand scientists the ultimate theory of the universe, it may well indeed spark new understandings and explanations for theoretical physicists as to how everything that we do currently know, fits together into one perfectly cohesive and mathematically consistent theory.

The question was also put to Weinberg of how this new scientific discovery may effect religion in the world today. Weinberg said that with the flourishing emergence of scientific explanations for much in the world that used to be within only the realm of religion, the requirement for divine intervention to be held responsible for these things has drastically reduced. However, Weinberg went on to say that this in no way contradicts religion, but that it does remove some of the earlier reasoning behind religion.

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