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By Larry Rettig on May 13, 2013

This is the third in a series of articles looking beyond my garden to see nature's bigger picture. In the first article, "Looking Beyond the Garden: A Convinced Gardener Considers Climate Change," I focused on the planet Earth and one of the ways in which its atmosphere is affected by what goes on here. In the second article I ventured beyond our atmosphere into outer space to consider some of the fantastic discoveries made by modern physics. In the current article I will consider the Higgs boson and the significance of its discovery.

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May 13, 2013 5:50 AM CST
Name: Diana
Northern Illinois boonies
Informative article Larry. I worked at Fermi National Accelerator Lab outside Chicago for 20 years where the scientists there collaborate with CERN in the search for the Higgs.
May 13, 2013 9:13 AM CST
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA
Wow, Diana! Glad to meet someone who was associated with the search. I know Fermi Lab from my days as a research administrator at the University of Iowa. Glad you enjoyed the article. Smiling
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May 14, 2013 10:22 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Left us hanging, again, Larry - right out there in the middle of space.
It will maybe all fall into place for me when I have the entire series of articles to read from beginning to end.
Mind boggling information, thanks for gathering it into one place. I'm looking forward to the next one.

Diana, what an interesting workplace you had.
May 14, 2013 9:51 PM CST
Name: Charlie
Aurora, Ontario, Canada
Zone 5a
Interesting information, Larry and workplace, Diana.

Philosophically, I like the idea that a virtual particle confers mass on other particles.
It might be viewed as the link between virtual (and possible) and actual worlds.
May 20, 2013 5:11 AM CST
Name: Diana
Northern Illinois boonies
Larry, It was a great place to work and I miss everyone. My boss's father-in-law, John Bardeen, won two Nobel Prizes, one in chemistry and the other for his work on the transistor. Her husband is a well-known theorist also at the lab. I worked with Leon Lederman, another prize winner, on several of his conferences on Physics First. His project to change the science curriculum in schools to physics first, then biology and chemistry. He believed if K-12 students learned the basic elements of our world first, the other two sciences would be better understood. I went to Catholic school 1-8 and was never taught any science at all. Having to take Biology my freshman year in public school was very tough. I had no clue. Leon is in his nineties now and doesn't lecture anymore.

How about an article on Neutrons, those little straight-shooters that are everywhere and pass through anything.

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