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God particles

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Gottesteilchen (German) [edit]

Noun, n[To edit]

Word separation:

God's part, no plural


IPA: [ˈɡɔtəsˌtaɪ̯lçən]
Audio samples: God particles (Info)


[1] Popular name for the Higgs boson, an elementary particle that was predicted in the Standard Model of particle physics and was first detected in 2012 at CERN


Determinative compound from nouns God and Particle as well as the joint element -it
The term was coined by the physicist Leon Max Lederman, who originally referred to it in a book goddamn particle - called goddamn particle. He wanted to describe the particle and "its villainous nature and the effort it causes". The publisher then shortened the term to god particle - God particles. As a second reason for the naming, Lederman draws a metaphorical comparison to the story of the Babylonian confusion of languages ​​told in the Bible (Genesis 11: 1-9). According to this, the matter in the universe experienced a similar fate as the people who lost their common language in this story.[1]


[1] Higgs boson


[1] People at CERN believe that God particles to have found.
[1] “If the findings prove to be correct and researchers actually do the so-called God particles discovered, then this is a groundbreaking find - says the scientist and ARD presenter Ranga Yogeshwar. But he would prefer not to use the term "God Particle". "[2]

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References and further information:

[1] Wikipedia article "God Particle"


  1. Leon Lederman, Dick Teresi: The God Particle - If the Universe is the Answer, what is the Question?, Mariner Books, 2006, ISBN 9780618711680: Page 22f (Google Books)
  2. Interview with Ranga Yogeshwar on the possible discovery of the long predicted Higgs boson or God particle on July 5th, 2012 on tagesschau.de