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Thread #59418 Message #3274179
Posted By: Amos
15-Dec-11 - 10:27 AM
Thread Name: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
"The mass of a particle, much like the mass of a truck, is the resistance you'd feel were you to push on it. The question is, where does this resistance come from? The answer, according to Higgs's idea, is that all of space is filled with an invisible substance — the Higgs field — which acts kind of like a pervasive molasses, exerting a drag force as particles try to accelerate through it. The "stickier" a particle is, the more the molasses-like Higgs field affects it, and the more massive the particle appears.
The emptiest of empty space, vacuumed clean of matter and radiation, would still be permeated by the Higgs field. Higgs thus suggested a rewriting of the very definition of nothingness, filling otherwise empty space with a substance capable of bestowing upon particles their mass".
I jus6t don't see why this is so compelling in contrast to the dismissal of the luminiferous aether. It makes me go "What the fuck?". This is why I am not a physicist.