Physicists at CERN recently won the Nobel Prize in Physics for finding proof of what is commonly called the “God Particle” but maybe it should go to Homer Simpson; Doh!
Scientists searched for the past 50 years for proof of existence of the theoretical Higgs boson particle, first predicted by Professor Peter Higgs in 1964. The subatomic particle is a fundamental building block of our universe and in a complex math equation would help scientists explain what gives other subatomic particles mass; essentially what holds everything together.
Not so smart now, scientists?
In an experiment that took decades of work to achieve, and $13.25 billion dollars to build scientists were able to use an atom smasher- The CERN Large Hadron Collider to finally prove the existence of this new particle in 2013. Its discovery is a huge and unprecedented leap forward in modern physics and along with Prof Higgs won them the Nobel Prize. However now it has come to light that 14 years before the scientists were able to create the equation in 2012, someone else created a mathematical equation that correctly predicted the mass of the real Higgs –boson. Homer Simpson. Yes, that Homer Simpson.
I really want to see Homer get a Nobel Prize.
Physicist Dr. Simon Singh noticed a formula Homer wrote on a blackboard in a 1998 episode of The Simpsons, “The Wizard Of evergreen Terrace” that correctly predicted the mass of the Higgs boson. In the episode Homer becomes an inventor and is attempting to come up with silly inventions like an electric hammer and a makeup gun.. and apparently a fundamental building block of existence itself.
Whatever is in those donuts, I want some. Maybe the key to human super intelligence is lots of sugar: It’s like the movie Limitless but with instead of a pill you just eat pink donuts and solve world hunger before going into your own food coma.
OK, - so the writer of the episode David Cohen says that he contacted an astronomer from Columbia University to get ideas for equations for the episode and they DID use a formula that the scientist was working on to predict the Higgs-boson. However they just “cooked up” the answer to the equation. Dr. Singh says;
'The equation is a playful combination of various fundamental parameters, namely the Planck constant, the gravitational constant, and the speed of light.”
You know what they say about putting a monkey in a room with a typewriter and you’ll get Shakespeare; maybe we should put Homer in a room with some chalk to help create a nuclear fusion reactor.
Source: Daily Mail UK
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