Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Higlight*, Hightlight* (for Highlight*)

A lot of people think they know who or what God is (light, love, knowledge, compassion, energy, infinity, an old guy sitting on a cloud, the "Fat Lady" in Franny and Zooey, Joan Osborne's "One of Us," and on and on), but leave it to a physicist to actually discover something called the "God particle" (otherwise known as the Higgs boson). Particle physics has a long history, in fact, and if you're interested in learning more about it, the 1993 book The God Particle: If the Universe Is the Answer, What Is the Question? certainly covers the highlights and might be a good place to start. We discovered six instances of Higlight* in OhioLINK, and two of Hightlight*.

(Peter Higgs, Mathematisches Institut Oberwolfach, 2009, from Wikimedia Commons.)

Carol Reid

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