Ahhhh, but what is the Higgs Bosun made of?
One day a group of scientists got together and decided that man had come a long way and no longer needed God. So they picked one scientist to go and tell Him that they were done with Him.
The scientist walked up to God and said, God, weve decided that we no longer need you. Were to the point that we can clone people and do many miraculous things, so why dont you just go on and get lost?
God listened very patiently and kindly to the man. After the scientist was done talking, God said, Very well, how about this? Lets say we have a man-making contest. To which the scientist replied, Okay, great!
But, God added, Now, were going to do this just like I did back in the old days with Adam.
The scientist said, Sure, no problem and bent down and grabbed himself a handful of dirt.
God looked at him and said, No, no, no. You go get your own dirt.
Several versions of this joke but this popped up first ... ;-)
Excellent question ... I wonder if the smartest guy in the room knows the answer .... probably not as it wasn’t on ESPN.
It only exists as a real particle under certain conditions, but one of the fun things in physics is that particles don't have to exist in order to do stuff. For example, tritium is a radioactive isotope that decays when one of its neutrons emits a W- particle and turns into a proton. That W- particle in turn splits into an electron and an electron antineutrino.
The mass of a W- particle is about 80 GeV/c2 but the mass of a whole tritium atom is less than 3 GeV/c2, so conservation of mass says that you can't have a real W- there. Instead it exists as what's called a "virtual particle", appearing and disappearing quickly enough that it can evade the conservation law. To actually "see" a W- you need to whack some stuff together hard enough to provide at least 80 GeV of energy. It would be a similar scenario with the Higgs, but the energy required to flip it from virtual to real is even higher.
The Higgs mass is equal to 1/2 the sum of the masses of the W+, W-, and Z0 bosons, which is around 126 GeV/c2. So don't worry about it. But iof asked, you could say it's made of snips, snails, and puppydog tails.