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So what IS the Higgs boson?

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Hank responds to viewer questions, and explains what the Higgs boson particle actually IS. Follow SciShow on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/scishow Like SciShow on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/scishow
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Reen S (6 days ago)
2018 anyone? No? Just me binging on awesome content all night? 'Kay....
Person Z.3.2 (9 days ago)
Mudfossil University (18 days ago)
Possible electron neutrinos photoed...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UtLGK48bhP4&t=893s
venkat kota (26 days ago)
Could you please explain how are getting lines of force from the field theory? Also if the vitual particles are responsible how can we have charge field like positive or negative but not have north pole and only south pole on magnets
sulfo4229 (27 days ago)
It's 2018 (after Higgs era :-)), and as an engineer I still strugle to find a video that better explains the Higgs field. Thank you Hank!
Christian Reptilian (1 month ago)
First actual photograph of the Higgs-Bosun Field HERE! It's no longer just a theory!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LY7Z1KhA_Eg&t=85s
TEEN can (1 month ago)
He just proved my 10 years of schooling waste...
Lais Abbas Nadjem (1 month ago)
is it possible to explain with the higgsbosons, why Mass of a fast thing raises(special relativity)
Red Shift (1 month ago)
This comment is to prove to you that Yahshua/Jesus spoke to you (for the reasons He explained). Peace and blessings, TJ & Mercy x
Pink dolphin (1 month ago)
So , are we talking about Dark Matter ?
texaswilliam (2 months ago)
Hank in the thumbnail looks like he's coming off a hell of a bender.
Your Highness (2 months ago)
What about Quarks ? Quarks are the fundermental parts of all particles. Quark is the God particle. The Higgs Boson is awesome but it's NOT responsible for most of your mass
vishal gangaram (2 months ago)
It's 2018, so what's the latest news on this currently ?
Lucian MacAndrew (2 months ago)
It is found, Higgs won the Nobel Price.
Jared Fuller (2 months ago)
Just wondering, how can we know the higgs boson field is evenly spread throughout the universe? What if there is a different distribution billions of light years away, how would that affect the mass of an object or person?
CrazyKnightHero (2 months ago)
I dont like the background
Alpha Omega (2 months ago)
If light has no mass ;where does a tree come from?E=MC2
Broja Kishor Mandal (2 months ago)
This means substance is made up of molecule and molecule is made up of atom and atom is made up of electron protron and neutron and proton and neutron is made up of qurak and qurak are made up etc
Magnus Juul (3 months ago)
huh. i thought the things about particles and fields was the other way around; that the fields permiate the entire universe and particles are place in that field where there is a bit more energy than in the rest of the field, an excitation,.
Zach Baker (3 months ago)
Gravity isn't a force. Therefore, this video is false.
Priya Edwin (3 months ago)
Hank is getting old 😂😂😂😂
Oliver Miles (3 months ago)
Photons actually do have mass
Lucian MacAndrew (2 months ago)
According to which source? Wiki says you are wrong https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photon
Soham Dave (3 months ago)
Who loves this man
Hannah Bauer (3 months ago)
This higgs boson sounds like energy is it? And can you explain how the sun gives us all of our light but doesnt light up space
π (3 months ago)
The real life Sheldon talking about particle physics.
Young Tang (4 months ago)
Could someone imagine each one of us is a Higg Boson popping in and out of existence?
awesomease genious (4 months ago)
Please also show some animation.
Darxter Darx (4 months ago)
its 2018
Jane Piepes (4 months ago)
Is this fellow's name Hank ? I like the way he explains things. He's smart and charismatic.
David Thornton (4 months ago)
We shall see if they ever create it.
Laura Hahn (4 months ago)
Wow this is amazing. Thank you for explaining something so complex and actually making sense.
miux5 (4 months ago)
Without conciseness the higgs boson, and the so called big bang and everything else would have never been or become to exist. A greater power can explain you, but you can not explain a greater power. Isa_29:16 Surely your turning of things upside down shall be esteemed as the potter's clay: for shall the work say of him that made it, He made me not? or shall the thing framed say of him that framed it, He had no understanding? Isa_45:9 Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou? or thy work, He hath no hands?
The Name (5 months ago)
Gravity is not a force goddamit
Larry O'Bama (5 months ago)
No, So What is a tune by Miles Davis.
Justin Olson (5 months ago)
I think the Higgs particle was what triggered the big bang creating space, which is close to the same thing as giving other particles mass.
Gardian Gaming (5 months ago)
Light does have mass, photons are effected by gravity, and also gives off heat, and is effected by friction, odd is that yes it is like a proton, but less mass than an electon, meaning it's probably missing some quarks, which unbalances it and causes it to wave as it's traveling, and they can gain it back after a period of time, but there is also super light in this theory which can be other super light light or super heavy light the visible spectrum of light is the fastest of all light and the color of that specific wave length is how hot the individual atom was when it emitted. Which at the right temperature it lets off equal levels of light making it white, which is actually the mid point of plasma heat, the color see see the sun from space is white, its true color is Green, any hotter more blue will show any colder the more red that shows, and light does have mass that's why light cannot escape blackholes.
Gardian Gaming (5 months ago)
Odd right? Then slows back down from gamma rays to Microwaves still not as fast as visible light. Gamma rays being the fastest in a straight line but the waves it's near the speed of light. Draw a straight line across a piece of paper as fast as you can, then take the same piece of paper and draw a wave with exactly 2 mm apart and 3 inches from center at the same speed. Proving that gamma rays are faster per photon than visible light, again light is a physical thing, it has mass and stores energy, and releases energy as well wail maintaining the law of thermal dynamics. Lol
Justin Olson (5 months ago)
Light slows down in certain mediums. This is observable friction, but then it speeds up once it leaves this medium.
Gardian Gaming (5 months ago)
Basically light will not have "observable" friction. That's why quantum theory and mechanics are touchy subjects to scientists.
Gardian Gaming (5 months ago)
Light slows down after a certain distance so therefore light is affected by friction, it's not necessarily that the speed of which light travels is effected at first, it is the wavelength; until, yet again, it slows to the point it becomes microwaves. We use the coloration change to determine the distance of galaxies within our local cluster. then we have to switch to infrared. Thus light slowing down, due to quantum forces. Such as the photons hitting hydrogen atoms.
Justin Olson (5 months ago)
I thought that the main reason we acknowledge light as being mass-less was due to it's lack of interaction via friction.
Particle physics makes my weenies electrons push really hard against each other...
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Eric Weng (6 months ago)
“ The source of the force”
HUNter (6 months ago)
Since i was at learned phisics in the best university in my country, i think im smart, i watch theese videos, and realise, im dumb af
Jack Ash (6 months ago)
I kind of get it. Thanks
TheOutLaw Carpenter (7 months ago)
you should up date this one.you did a good job explaining it. it's 2017 now
Kaden Awesome1111 (7 months ago)
We found it and I understand it
get trolled (7 months ago)
are you just really smart or do you memorize a script because you give a heck of a lot of info in detail for different studies in school/classes
Chuck Davis (7 months ago)
So if the higgs is where mass comes from couldnt it be what causes gravity kinda like elecrricity and magnetism???
Anonymous User (7 months ago)
Everyone loves Hank and hates Olivia. Because no one likes Olivia's hand movements and seemingly nonprofessional behaviours.
Vanshika Jain (7 months ago)
Hank mentioned that things interact with higgs field to generate mass and is distributed evenly throughout but suppose it wasn't distributed evenly then would mass differ at different places?
I think I need a brain transplant... :-)
mark yisser (7 months ago)
im guessing this old... its now been proven to exist hank of past years
Burt Cabinaugh (8 months ago)
Anti-matter what's the deal with anit-mattet??
Dalir Kosimov (8 months ago)
My jaw dropped beyond its' physical limits at 1:28
Shirin chatterjee (8 months ago)
Thanks guys. LOVE your channel.
Lisa L (8 months ago)
This channel really IS the only reason I get most of the quantum mechanics stuff I need to know for school.
Marissa Ford (8 months ago)
The Higgs Boson particle was intact confirmed by Scientists at CERN.
Dino Goldie (8 months ago)
Me confused. How does the Higgs fit into the standard model? As I (highschool science flunk) understand it, the SM is a 4x4 grid. The first three columns comprise the main flavours of quarks and leptons.  It is my (poor) understanding  that the 4th column comprises 4 forces and their carriers: Electro-magnetic/photon, nuclear-force/Mesons, weak-force/W&z bosons  and, Gravity/Gravitons(hypothetical). So in which force is the Higgg? Is Mass a 5th force? Please explain in idiot-proof terms. Thank you.
Ekta Sancheti (9 months ago)
hey...!! I watched this video n have I doubt that is ...why don't the Higgs force /feild interact with d photon particles?
Rohen Giralt (9 months ago)
Great video, just one thing near the start: as Derek mentioned in a Veritasium video (I forget the name), most of the mass of protons and neutrons comes from their energy, due to the famous (non-relativistic) equation, E=mc^2
Lapis Lazuli (9 months ago)
It's August of 2017! Do an update on the "God Particle" lol. Please!
Dennis J (10 months ago)
is a photon just a bundle of waves that act like a partical?
Dark Helmet (10 months ago)
Okay hank. I propose a question. If a proton weighs 930 MeV and the quarks in a proton weigh 30 MeV. Where does the extra mass come from?
PoweredButchZ (5 months ago)
My understanding is that it's the flux tubes/QCD strings in which the vacuum energy is cleared out so that the quarks in a proton or neutron can exchange color charge with each other. It takes a lot of energy to clear out the energy. Some also comes from virtual quarks momentarily having energy.
Zach_bot (10 months ago)
These particles sound an awful lot like caloric, remember how that went?
txlish (10 months ago)
Higgs Boson is Not 1 name.Where the freaking Bose recognition?
ASIT CICI (10 months ago)
photon has mass
William Midgley (10 months ago)
Isn't the higgs boson an excitaion in the higgs field?
PoweredButchZ (5 months ago)
Yes, but the field has a non-zero constant value so it seems to be a condensate.
Anthony Cote (10 months ago)
No, the force keeping atoms from passing through each other is Normal force.
Sassy Panda (10 months ago)
I knew what the Higgs Boson is, I just clicked on this vid to boost my ego
Dan Renaydo (11 months ago)
It's called the God particle... because you can't have "mass" without it. HOW DID I JUST GET THAT?
Commander Core (11 months ago)
I thought photons do actually have mass
NiUnOt (11 months ago)
vibration creates mass
Leaped Gryphon (11 months ago)
So does the higgs field extend to eternity or is there a physical end to the universe and thus an end to the higs field?
Leaped Gryphon (11 months ago)
If the aliens are watching us they at least have to be a little impressed to see how far we've come.
1ionu (11 months ago)
W. Esteban Labrador (11 months ago)
Hank, I have a question, I don't quite understand the dimensional strings, I understand there are 11 vibrating strings or something like that... what is that thing?
Universal Steele (11 months ago)
What would a glass of Top Quarks look like?
August MacFarland (11 months ago)
So what I got from this explanation is the Higgs Field gives particles mass. Since photons are essentially electrons with out mass, that means they are either able to break past the field or unaffected by it. By that rational, does that mean that the Higgs Field is what causes the "cosmic speedlimit" of the speed of light? If we discovered a way to get a ship and its contents to counteract the Higgs Field we could theoretically surpass the speed of light? This all based on the fact we overcome the probable violent physical side effects of making large amounts of solid matter not have mass while maintaining the ability to return to having mass without changing. I am interested in hearing anything anyone has to weigh in on this.
Yuvan Raj (1 year ago)
Why do u call it a 'partical' while it is a field?
Hilarious Jokes (1 year ago)
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Thomas L (1 year ago)
"Well, the Higgs Bison is the friendliest species of water buffalo."
ruben martinez (1 year ago)
The term "God particle" emanate from simple minded scientist, but not to be surprised, because if all you know is a hammer, than all the answers to questions is a hammer.
NUKE (1 year ago)
I'm still not getting this... Btw what is a field anyway? Is it real? Or is it like the number 7, just theoretical?
Mosie Neakngen (1 year ago)
May the Fourth be with You XD XD XD
Al K (1 year ago)
Given the fact that these elementary particles do not last long in our time, that is not necessarily equivalent to "particle lifetime." What may be 10^-10 sec for a particle in our time can be an eternity for elementary particles. We also need to consider the fact that the particle is tested in LHC in a post-Bang era. What is most concerning is where did the Higgs field come from? Moments before the Bang if not the Big Bang, Higgs field may not have been present because energy did not have a mass and thus the Bang that resulted in mass which a state of energy. What may be interesting is that because we have mass, time becomes relevant. If there was no mass, time is not relevant. Because elementary particles condensed into mass of protons and neutrons that cannot travel faster that light, time became relevant.
H (1 year ago)
repub recent
Pranamya Belvai (1 year ago)
a green, green screen??
Dolphin Rider (1 year ago)
Hmm... I wonder what would happen if there were a place without it around.
Jack Wright (1 year ago)
Who was the low-level "journalist" who thought that calling this thing the "god particle" was a catchy idea?
TheAngryGhost (1 year ago)
wait so a higgs particle is the particles in the magnet which pop into existance then disapear again (this happens everywhere) so everything has mass?
Pete (1 year ago)
I heard it was the "God Particle". Needless to say, I've already begun worshipping it.
Sh1pp0K1tsune (1 year ago)
so, isn't the higgs boson the graviton we can't find?
Kritika Artha (1 year ago)
How many days can I stay alive without sleeping?😎😎
Joe Deglman (1 year ago)
Those are what Tesla called Ether. And we don't coax them into existence. They permeate the entire universe. They are photons, dipole particles of energy. They create a magnetic field when we send charged particles through those particles.  They are not strings that appear in and out of existence, they are already here all around us.  Everything in the universe is made of photons, including atoms.  These particle permeate the electrons around the atom, set up magnetic fields around them and keep them in their orbitals. They do not pop out of electrons, they come out of the magnetic fields around the electron.
ColacX (1 year ago)
So the idea is that if we figure out how to affect the Higgs field to a greater level than usually we could create FTL drives by bending space time with energy instead of natural mass.
Jess Giang (1 year ago)
Stoked. The Force. Go With It. 🤔
Bryce Hedelius (1 year ago)
The magnetic field varies with distance by the inverse square law, not exponentially. The virtual particles emitted are photons, they don't travel in the bizarre directionless paths shown. They go straight out. The virtual particles given off at a certain time would form a sphere. The area of the sphere is proportionate to the radius squared, the rise of the inverse square law.
Norbert Mikolasek (1 year ago)
"Photon do not have mass" Photon have no motionless mass. That is true. But have mass if it is motion and interact with gravitation, for example black holes, galaxies. Photons make pressure when hit a plate and so on.
Nicholas Kwiatkowski (1 year ago)
every time i see this guy in a video i have a gut feeling that he should be very annoying but... he's not at all.
Eric Harkleroad (1 year ago)
Thanks, while I've seen a number of other videos explaining the Higgs Boson but this kind of helped it all gel together
Jeff beast (1 year ago)
is this guy reading a script ?
Chris Kelly (1 year ago)
this might sound weird..... but if the higgs "particle/field thing" is spread uniformly throuought the universe, and the universe is still expanding.... wouldnt this field become weaker as it was more widely distributed? so... things would get lighter over time?
Rick Sanchez (1 year ago)
john green is that you?
LLL124's Adventures (1 year ago)
It makes sense and also makes other things possible that would have once been considered impossible.

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