Open any blog or news website published over the last 24 hours and there is one news that is common everywhere – ‘CERN Finds the Higgs Boson‘. It is being touted as the biggest find in the world of Physics in the past five decades, it is supposed to change our understanding of the physical world, and so on. The publicity worked, I became curious and I took it upon myself to understand this discovery and it’s implications.
Since I am a commerce graduate with very very average grades, this was no small undertaking. Since yesterday afternoon I started combing the usual research resources – Wikipedia, Science Journal, TechCrunch, etc – couldn’t find anything. I even read through the Times of India article published today morning but again could still not make head or tail of it (no surprise there!).
So up until today morning, all I knew was that the Higgs Boson explains the Standard Theory and also could unify Gravity with the Standard Theory – so basically, I understood nothing!
Then suddenly I stumbled upon this website called PHD Comics (short for Piled High and Deeper). This sites chronicles the life of graduates using the comic strip format. This site had an animation explaining the Higgs Boson, why it is important and so on.
Watch the Video Below and you can boast about understanding Higgs Boson:
Disclaimer: don’t expect to understand the underlying theory or maths – just try and understand Higgs Boson at a conceptual level