The Higgs Bosom box of tricks

A friend suggested that a concrete example of the Higgs Bosom might make what the Higgs does a little clearer.

Here is another way of looking at it.

box of toys

Think of a whole box filled with a lot of little toys of various shapes and colors and sizes. Each of them are separate, and if you tip the box over, any mother will tell you they will simply spread out all over the place.  They certainly will not mass together in a tidy organization ready to emerge into something more creative than a mess.

So why did about 4% of those “little toys” (or those minute things scientists call quantum particles ) start massing together when the box was tipped over with the Big Bang? Why didn’t they just keep spreading around the universe on their own? Higgs is the glue, the force (in scientific terms) that leads to the massing of these particles that eventually become matter and everything that you and I think of as “everything.”

About Terry Sissons

Terry Sissons is the author of The Big Bang to Now: All of Time in Six Chunks, and this blog is a dialogue about the universe and what’s happened in the last 13 billions years.
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