Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Inner Limits the Quest Continues for the Base of All Being

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Inner Limits the Quest Continues for the Base of All Being

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At least the so-called God particle has come by its name honestly. Like the entity it is nicknamed after, the particle is difficult for those not trained in the arcane language of physics to understand. It is a mystery wrapped in an enigma even for those who believe they know it best.

The search for the Higgs boson -- the more conventional name for the Holy Grail of physics -- has inspired hundreds of scientists to methodically probe the subatomic realm for a glimpse of its mysteries.

Like priests in a holy sanctuary, the scientists who operate the $10 billion Large Hadron Collider on the Swiss-French border believe they've finally detected evidence, though indirect, of the existence of the Higgs boson. They believe they have a footprint and a shadow to follow, but evidence of the God particle itself remains elusive.

Scientists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research are convinced that after years of compiling data that charts the collision of protons at the world's biggest atom smasher, they have a better understanding of the forces that were possibly at work during the Big Bang. …

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