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"I have not yet destroyed the universe value introduce yourself every time hi I'm Daniel. I have not yet destroyed all of existence. That's right and that's true about everybody. If you're listening to this podcast and that is proof that the universe still exists that's right are worth every word we speech he'd be a word of covered at the universe is still at least where you are still happy. Always somebody's Internet goes out. They're going to think the university with somebody's listening to us and and that's their folks remember. The WIFI interruption is not the end of the universe. You will survive the end of my universe. Take if somebody's goes out. Do we stop existing here. Deep in the philosophy of Oh my goodness well welcome to our podcast Daniel Alan Horton. Do not destroy the universe yet or at least explain how we're not destroying the universe of iheartradio match right our podcast in which we think about things big and small explore the universe we find the craziest most mindblowing facts and we explained them to you in a way that makes you a chuckle a little bit and also come away with some deep understanding of the context of your existence and sometimes we talk about the really small things that can may be destroyed the really big things in the universe. One of my favorite things about physics is when you learn something new and you discover how the universe is like a little more fragile than I thought. What do you mean how old were you. What did you think the first time you learn that like the earth that we live on. Is just as like thin crust of rock floating on a massive ocean lava right all of a sudden. There doesn't appeal so stable to me right. Wow how I think I learned that just now thank you for totally giving me anxieties. Zaidi's now before or like are atmosphere is very thin shell of gas around huge planet. It could easily just blown away. Eh by some cataclysmic you know solar flare or something while I hadn't thought about those things but thank you yeah so sometimes you learn something about the the university gives you context it helps you understand that our situation here is maybe an accident or is a product of the particular arrangements of things and and physics tells tells you like what stable about the universe with dangerous about the universe what you should worry about what you shouldn't worry about. Yes it's not just the earth is sort of in a precarious balance. It's also I mean you're you're saying it's also reality itself. Possibly yeah you know as we peel back layers of reality understand how the universe works sometimes as we discover things like this seems to be sort of an accident you know and we never know whether things really are an accident or whether it's due to some sort of deeper understanding like back something we've talked about before is the relationship between the electron and the Proton right the charges those two particles exactly balance which means we can have hydrogen atoms in in Chemistry and Physics and bananas all sorts of good stuff. We don't know if that's an accident right. We don't know why that's that way. It's essential for life to happen but we don't know if it's that way for a reason in or if it's a coincidence as so sometimes we stumble across other things like that seem essential for life to be the way we wanted but maybe accidental and may also not be permanent imminent yeah and so one of those things is something that you might be familiar with. We're hoping if you're a listener of our podcast and today on the program we'll be asking the question will the Higgs Boson destroy the universe and I like the way you phrase is that because it means if the universe does get destroyed. It's the Higgs Bosons. Fault are particle physicists. GonNa blame it on the bows on. I'm sorry I meant down. I meant to blame you Dana White House now I hear government agents knocking on my door podcast iheartradio Hard Radio Dana will destroy the universe yes. This is a question I think it was all over the news back when they were looking for the Higgs bows on everyone was worried and concerned that you guys in Geneva Sern where maybe going to do something in your experiment that was going to cause are the demise of the earth like maybe you're either going to unlock something in the universe is going to swallow us all up and destroy the planet. That's right this sort of two totally different but both devastating concerns right one is when you collide two protons. Could you trigger really strong gravity and make microscopic black hole which could each stuff around it and grow and the whole earth. That's what people were people. Were trying to shut down. People sued L. A. C. There was court cases. We have to prove in court that but this is something reasonable to do and for those of you suddenly worried out there. There's no danger these kind of collisions that we do. Elliot see happen. All the time particles from space hit the earth hit the sun and they do not gray black hole the gobble the earth excuse Daniel. You're like everyone else. Around is has a nuclear bomb so therefore we should be able to tinker with a one new problem. Well you know actually when people set off the first nuclear bomb. They were worried by their worthy might ignite night. The atmosphere was a serious concern but they did it anyway but now they've done it. We know pretty well but blowing up a nuclear bomb doesn't ignite the atmosphere. I I think they did it. In secret. As soon as the republics of public is I wonder like did the physicist. Tell the government agents at that was a risk you know. Fill out a form you you know like. Oh if you're going to potentially ignite the atmosphere. Please fill out this. Please please feel these. Are Those are yeah so that's the concern number one which is not something that we thought about the physics we are not going to create a black hole which destroys earth we might create a black hole but it would evaporate very rapidly eat all sorts of fascinating fascinating insights about the universe right so you're saying the monster creates black holes. All the time is not that different than what you do and even if you do make one. It's GONNA evaporate. That's right because as these tiny black holes will disappear. They'll evaporate because the radio very quickly. That's the theory at least and you hear about that. I'm pretty sure I mean my family is on earth sewing join risking my family keeping the running and I'm pretty confident well. I've seen say that you would risk a lot as as as about the universe that's true incentivized good fracture of humanity alien. That's true family ninety nine percent which we talked about. There's a totally separate concern about whether not the earth will get destroyed but actually whether we could trigger a cataclysmic event which fundamentally changes the nature Churov the universe so it involved a higgs Boson and so you're telling me that. The Hague blows on might destroy the universe. Is this something that everyone knows you think there was some press about it a while ago but I was curious like are people worried that they might destroy the universe. Do people even remember what the Higgs is because it's been a little while since it got pressed breath stuff has happened since then and so I was curious. Do everyday people worry about whether I'm going to ruin the universe so I asked them so as usual. Daniel went out and ask people on the street if if they think the Higgs Boson will destroy the universe to think about it for a second if view have maybe heard of this news item or if you have thought about the Higgs Boson and precariousness of nature thing about it for a second. What would you ask her. If you were ask ask we'll the Higgs Boson. Destroy the universe. Here's what people had to say goes on destroying the universe now. I don't have anything to back that up. No I don't worried about that because the unknown ev you ever heard of the Higgs Boson no had done right now. I have a lot of ecstasy. Sensual worries now is the last name sounds familiar but no all right. People don't seem very concerned. I think it sounds like mostly because they know that he's on could destroy the universe. No and a lot of people hadn't even heard of the Hague's bows on which can felt like physics has the relaxed too much. We had our big thing with the Higgs Boson in two thousand twelve. We gotta get back in the news. 'CAUSE WE'RE GONNA get on that branding. Where is the PR Department apartment. I gotTA talk to them. No people weren't really very familiar with the higgs and nobody was worried that the Higgs boson would destroy the universe at least until I ask them this question and then they started googling googling it and now maybe they're a little worried okay so you're telling me Daniel did the Hicks something about the Higgs Boson could potentially destroy the universe to let's stay. Let's instead threat first of all. It's maybe recap for our listeners. What the Heck's booze on is yeah so the Higgs Boson particle discovered at the Elliott Seen Twenty twelve last particle ever found so far and he completes the standard model and an answer to really interesting question which is where does mass come from. We talk on this podcast. What is a particle and we think these dots in space but you have to ask like. Where is the mass of the particle? If something is tiny dot where to get its mass and not so so much about like where we're where does it come from or what get it. It's like particles. Have this thing and it's more like how does how does it manifest itself in the universe like how how do we what gives you that feeling of mass and it's also a question of patterns like we look at all the particles and they all have different masses. This was a lot is when it's a little but they're all the same size. It's not like they have more stuff to them. Wondering why do these particles have this massive particle the other mass for example talk in another podcast about the the the weak nuclear force and electromagnetism which are fundamentally the same thing but the weak nuclear forces really weak because the particles that carry it have a lot of mass and the photon has no mass which is why electromagnetism is so powerful so this is sort of the question that led to the Discovery Higgs is what some of these particles have mass and some of them don't what's the mechanism there and it turns out the answer is this higgs field this invisible thing that fills space or an interact with some of these particles in different ways and the higgs bows on is a manifestation of that field like when parts if you'll get really excited that appears as like a ripple in that field which we interpret as a Higgs Boson right to physical things the field and the Bozon itself which is the particle right and they were discovered at different times right like people people businesses came up with the Higgs Field I to kind of make all the equations in the universe work do higgs makes sense ends naming choice there. I feel if we could do better. I mean Peter Higgs. He did this thing. He did. His laying any deserves it but you might. Maybe call it the field but that'd be a better name. Yeah I think that would be hard to be more instructive pan explanation thing that gives things beds cod card to Mansfield massive build the mass giving field yeah desert view because things that's what people immediately associate. I'm sure sure up so yes so that is the whole universe is permeated by this feel which is like would you describe a field is is just kind of like a aura of out there right or well thank you. I don't know how would you describe the field. Somebody that's a great question when their whole episode about what is quantum field and a field is just It's a physical thing has a value everywhere in spaced like an electric field right is strong here and there the gravitational field view is strong here and we kind."