The God Particle

No physicist* would call the Higgs boson** the "God Particle" like the media does. But it leads to astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson's favorite science joke:

A Higgs boson walks into a church.

The priest says, "I'm sorry, we don't allow Higgs bosons to come to churches."

And the Higgs boson says, "But without me, you can't have mass!"

(Tyson once asked a Jesuit priest if the joke could be considered offensive to Catholics. "He said it was cool," Tyson says with a laugh, "so that gives us total clearance!")

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Footnotes (Well, it is a scientific joke!)

* Well one did, and I suspect he regrets it. The term was coined by then-Fermilab director Leon Lederman, who has won the Nobel Prize for Physics. It was coined in the title of his 1993 book, The God Particle: If the Universe Is the Answer, What Is the Question?

** If you want to learn more: Higgs boson

Posted March 25, 2015

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