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Thursday, March 05, 2015

Did Homer Simpson predict the mass of the Higgs boson?

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Chuck Bednar writes, "Fourteen years before researchers at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) first observed the elementary particle known as the Higgs boson, another individual developed an equation that correctly predicted the mass of the so-called “God particle.”"
That individual, believe it or not, was Homer Simpson.

Photo: RedOrbit
According to The Huffington Post, a 1998 episode of the popular animated television program ‘The Simpsons’ shows the titular clan’s typically thick-headed patriarch standing in front of a chalkboard containing a complex mathematical formula prefiguring CERN’s discovery.
The discovery was made by Dr. Simon Singh, a physicist and the author of the 2013 book The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets. Dr. Singh spotted the equation in the episode entitled “The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace,” in which Homer attempts to become an inventor.

“That equation predicts the mass of the Higgs boson. If you work it out, you get the mass of a Higgs boson that’s only a bit larger than the nano-mass of a Higgs boson actually is,” the author told The Independent. “It’s kind of amazing… My PhD is in particle physics, so I was similarly shocked by Homer’s equation predicting the mass of the Higgs boson.”

Source: RedOrbit