Why Scientists Don't Like the Term 'God Particle' for the Higgs boson

Peter Higgs, who is described as an atheist, explains how the term evolved.

Scientists claim they have discovered the Higgs boson, also called the "God particle," that could help explain what gives all matter in the universe size and shape.

Scottish physicist Peter Higgs and other scientists predicted in the 1960s that particles interact with one subatomic particle, called the Higgs boson or the "God Particle." Scientists are calling the discovery "Higgslike," a key to understanding why there is diversity and life in the universe, according to The New York Times.

Higgs has said he objected to the "God particle" label because he "worries that the title 'might offend people who are religious.' " The 2008 interview with New Scientist (registration required) does not explain what he feels might be offensive about the connection, whether there was something inherently contradictory between what scientists believe to be the universe's origins with what those who are religious would believe, connected ...

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