Science Wednesday: How to discover a particle (sort of)

Part III of MinutePhysics' Higgs boson discussion includes wine, cheese and 20-sided die


The guy who creates the MinutePhysics videos on YouTube is currently in London preparing for a bunch of Olympics-related physics videos, but before those begin we get Part 3 of his discussion of the Higgs boson particle (remember that cool news from a few weeks ago?).


In talking about the "discovery" of a particle, we go through the methods about how physicists go about to "confirm" the particles, rather than actually discovering them.

We also get some analogies of wine, cheese and rolling a 20-sided die many times, which brought me back to my middle school days of trying to kill Orcs with my 12th-level Paladin, Pyzimber (the rolling dice part, not the wine and cheese)

In case you missed it, be sure to check out Part 1 and Part 2 of his Higgs boson animations.

I can't wait to see what he comes up with in London.

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