SCI­ENCE & TECH

Hindustan Times (Patna) - - FRONT PAGE -

In July, sci­en­tists work­ing at the Euro­pean Cen­ter for Nu­clear Re­search (CERN) an­nounced that they had found the God par­ti­cle. WHY WE CARE: Ac­cord­ing to the Stan­dard Model of Physics, the uni­verse is made of 12 fun­da­men­tal par­ti­cles and four fun­da­men­tal forces. The God par­ti­cle is the last piece of this model. BACK TO THE BE­GIN­NING: The term ‘God par­ti­cle’ is a cor­rup­tion of the swear word ‘God­damit’. No­bel Prize-win­ning physi­cist Leon Lederman dubbed it the “God­damn” par­ti­cle, as it proved so hard to iso­late. That name was changed by an ed­i­tor to God par­ti­cle.

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