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Higgs vs. Graviton

  1. Oct 15, 2015 #1
    Forums relating to this have been up constantly, but just to clarify, they are not one and the same, to the best of my knowledge. Higgs causes mass, Graviton causes gravity. Higgs has an influence on the graviton, if you think about it. The Higgs boson causes mass which in turn is affected by a graviton in a gravitational field. put it this way, a graviton causes weight. Mass is not influenced by weight and is constant, but weight changes due to different Gravitational field strengths. Mass can only be quantified by finding weight and multiplying this by 9.81 (approx., on Earth) mass affects gravity, but they are not the same thing, so why should Higgs and Graviton be the same thing. If anyone would like to contest me on this view, feel free to reply to this thread. Any criticisms or support will be welcome as I want to enhance my knowledge further.
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  3. Oct 15, 2015 #2


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    The Higgs mechanism, not the Higgs boson, is responsible for the generation of mass in certain fundamental particles. In addition, the majority of the mass of a macroscopic object is due to binding energy, not the Higgs mechanism. The graviton is also a completely hypothetical particle. There is currently no evidence that it actually exists.

    Not true. The application of any kind of force, not just gravity, can be used to determine the mass of an object through the equation F=MA.

    I don't know where you heard that the graviton and the higgs boson were the same thing, but that is entirely false.
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