Conversations Beyond Science and Religion – Is the God Particle Real?
On October 8, 2013, the Nobel committee awarded the most prestigious prize in science to Peter Higgs and Francois Englert for the detection of the Higgs particle at the Large Hadron Collider, the world most powerful particle accelerator. The Higgs particle (aka the God particle), as the theory goes, is the mediator of the Higgs field, which gives elementary particles their mass. This discovery, heralded by the New York Times and others as the “key to the universe,” has not impressed all observers, including Philip Mereton’s guest this week, Alexandar Unzicker, the author of the new book, The Higgs Fake: How Particle Physicists Fooled the Nobel Committee. Listen in as Philip and Alexandar explore a different perspective to the supposed Higgs discovery, and confront the question, is the God Particle real?