WARNING: THERE WILL BE A SHORT QUIZ AT THE END OF THIS REVIEW
Okay, now that I've got your attention, read the following descriptions of two subatomic particles, then answer the question. The particles in question are the Higgs and the inflaton. Ready?
Hypothetical.What they're supposed to doHiggs:
Unify the electromagnetic and weak nuclear forces, by mediating a scalar field which assigns mass to the W and Z particles. May also assign mass to other particles.Inflaton:
Create the whole universe. May also have created an infinite number of other universes.Experimental statusHiggs:
Rumoured to have been observed at the Large Hadron Collider a few weeks ago.Inflaton:
Will probably never be observed.
____________________________________AND NOW THE QUESTION...
Which one is often referred to colloquially as "The God Particle"?
Yes... needless to say, the answer is the Higgs. Whoever said "the inflaton" can stay behind after class and clean the erasers.