Scientists have stopped short of declaring a new discover but those at CERN feel they are closer to finding the “stuff” that makes matter have mass. For most of us, this abstraction remains just that, an abstraction. Will this near discovery of this sub-atomic particle change anything? Who knows.
From the Washington Post:
Dubbed the Higgs boson — or the “God particle,” to the chagrin of scientists — the particle is thought to create a sort of force field that permeates the universe, imbuing everything that we can see and touch with the fundamental property known as mass.
Scientists also recoil from the expression “God Particle” which has been theorized about for nearly a half century. Perhaps there will be a better, more descriptive term. Maybe that discovery should come first.