A good video on the Higgs Boson

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it's short (5.5 mins), but it doesn't really say any more than the interaction of the Higgs boson with any particle is proportional to the rest-mass of the particle (so it interacts with everything except the photon the gluon and the graviton), and since the Higgs field is everywhere and needs no source, that means any particle wherever it is is affected all the time …

"the Higgs particle acts like sticky bits that put a drag on other particles, and it is this drag that we detect as rest-mass" (4:30)​

… that really doesn't explain anything, and is essentially wrong since it suggests that it should make a free particle decelerate :frown:
 
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it's short (5.5 mins), but it doesn't really say any more than the interaction of the Higgs boson with any particle is proportional to the rest-mass of the particle (so it interacts with everything except the photon the gluon and the graviton), and since the Higgs field is everywhere and needs no source, that means any particle wherever it is is affected all the time …

"the Higgs particle acts like sticky bits that put a drag on other particles, and it is this drag that we detect as rest-mass" (4:30)​

… that really doesn't explain anything, and is essentially wrong since it suggests that it should make a free particle decelerate :frown:

Can't agree more
 
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Thanks for the link.
"the Higgs particle acts like sticky bits that put a drag on other particles, and it is this drag that we detect as rest-mass" (4:30)​

… that really doesn't explain anything, and is essentially wrong since it suggests that it should make a free particle decelerate :frown:
I tend to agree. Not that I understand the concept of a virtual particle or the mechanism by which the Higgs boson is supposed to create inertia.

I don't understood how the idea of the Higgs field fits with relativity. Could one not associate an inertial reference frame with the Higgs field? How does this differ from an inertianiferous aether?

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