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Great, but who understands what it means?
 
"Without it there would be no galaxies..." is cobbler's.
There are higgsless theories too.
 
I want to find the greatest mystery about the world and life, but ... I'll still die!!!
 
+Fred Gandt in the current theory they probably mean, if the higgs isn't found then the higgless theories will gain ground, in the mean time the standard model rules.
 
Found stamped on the side of the particle:

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That's not exactly what the p-value or the number of sigma means; it's more that if the Higgs really did not exist, a bump of the observed size would only have such-and-such a chance of appearing at random.  To translate that into a degree of certainty that the thing exists, you'd need some kind of prior probability estimate.

Now, in this case, most particle physicists were in fact pretty sure that something like the Higgs existed, and fans of supersymmetry additionally predicted that it had something like the mass observed.  So the prior wouldn't, I suppose, be all that low, except for the mavericks who were predicting it didn't exist.

But this particular conceptual slippage can be crucially misleading when one is talking about tests for things that are very unlikely in the first place (e.g. lab tests for rare diseases).  If the p-value is one in a thousand but the thing was one-in-a-million unlikely to begin with, the evidence doesn't mean you've got something with 99.9% confidence.

Also, I get mildly peeved by articles saying that the Higgs is responsible for all the mass in the universe.  The Higgs field gives mass to quarks and leptons.  But actually more than 99% of your mass, in your protons and neutrons, comes from a completely different field that has to do with the strong nuclear force.  The proton or neutron mass is much larger than the combined masses that the individual quarks get from the Higgs.
 
Wow. Talk about hype. Might as well say that without Higgs there wouldn't be magic. 
 
Tell me how exactly finding this particle will solve my house forclosure.
 
put em in your chicken nuggets
 
If you guys know any physics at all, you should be able to understand that if the Higgs did not exist, nothing in the universe would have any mass, which means that nothing could come together, form the basic molecules to react and create life itself.
This isn't a hype. Trust me, I'm very closely connected to this discovery.
 
Did they found it based on the theory that it needs to exist? It's like a big circle (LHC). What now? Another 10 billion to study its properties? But they should have figured out those based on the theory already. The human genome project costed far fewer than this, I think. 
 
I have been following this since before it was incorrectly called the God particle.  I read every thing they release on it and I am very excited about the news.  The only thing I would like to know is will this lead to any further advances in our understanding or will this just cement the existing theory.  I mean if we know exactly what gives mass to matter then are we going to be able to manipulate this force?  Is antigravity around the corner?  What is next???
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