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Steve Zara's Avatar Jump to comment 5 by Steve Zara

I can figure out a lot of physics, even though I was not formally trained as a physicist. Relativity? No problem! Black holes? Piece of cake! Even quantum mechanics is really not that hard. It's strange, but not hard. But when it comes to the Higgs Boson, I get utterly lost. I can find no simple explanation of what it's all about that doesn't reduce things to silliness. I know that superconductivity is involved somewhere, and something called the Goldstone Boson, but that's it.

If anyone can point me at a relatively straightforward explanation of what the Higgs Mechanism is all about, I would be very grateful, if such a thing is possible.

Sat, 10 Dec 2011 19:54:49 UTC | #897602