Scientists working at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN will reveal on July 4 (Wednesday) that they have gathered enough evidence to likely prove the existence of the “God particle.”
Researchers are not ready to call the findings a “discovery” but say after decades of work and billions of dollars spent they are fairly confident the information they have obtained will turn some scientific heads.
According to CERN researchers the massive amount of data they have obtained will show the “footprint” for the key particle known as Higgs boson.”
Senior CERN scientists say the two groups working along the Swiss-French border are as close as they can get to a discovery without actually calling it a discovery.
The group has reached their current findings through use of the $10 billion Large Hadron Collider. The device creates high-energy collisions of protons in order to better understand suspected phenomena such as dark matter and antimatter.
Physicists have long hoped to discover the Higgs boson because it would mean the confirmation for the standard model of physics which explains how matter has mass and therefore how the universe was formed.
Because of the precise nature of physics there is a very fine line between a discovery and a theory and many scientists believe that fine line is closer than ever thanks to CERN data.
Rob Roser, who leads the search for the Higgs boson at the Fermilab in Chicago tells the Associated Press that the announcement on July 4 is like discovering the fossilized imprint of a dinosaur:
“You see the footprints and the shadow of the object, but you don’t actually see it.”
Here’s a good video that describes what the Higgs boson particle actually is: