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Why Does the Electron have Mass?

  1. Feb 1, 2009 #1
    I was recently watching a PBS special about quantum physics and they asked why do electrons have mass. I found myself unable to answer this, although I am only in high school physics, but could any of you answer this? Thanks.
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  3. Feb 2, 2009 #2


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    We don't comlpetelly undersant why ANYTHiNG has mass, that is one of the things they are trying to understand at LHC (they will be looking for the Higgs boson).
    Although I don't quite understand why you are asking specifically about the electron? In this respect the electron is no different than any other particle (proton, neutron etc).
  4. Feb 2, 2009 #3
    A better question would be, why does the electron have the mass that is has?

    If it didn't have mass the universe wouldn't be as it is.
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