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Conversations between my husband and I about the Higgs boson

I should begin by saying that my husband studied Physics in his undergraduate years.  This makes him infinitely more knowledgeable than me when it comes to science in general but physics in particular.  Imagine my delight when I discovered that scientists had made a great discovery in the field of particle physics before he did.  Here are some of the conversations from today…

Before Breakfast:

Becky: Did you know they’ve discovered the Higgs boson particle?
Alvin: They discovered it, when?
Becky: Last night/today.  I knew something about Physics before you!
Alvin: Do you even know what the Higgs boson particle is?

Over Lunch:
After much reading on my part… 

Becky: So this Higgs boson particle hasn’t been seen but they know it’s there?
Alvin: Hints of it have been seen?
Becky: Hints of it?  So it hasn’t been seen…
Alvin: It’s not really a particle per se, it’s more of a field
Becky: So it’s a giant force field holding us together?  Something would need to be holding that force field in place.  There has to be something making it all happen.
Alvin: Strings.
Becky: Strings?  Really?  Who controls said strings?
Alvin: The hands of God.
Becky: Ahhh.

Slightly later during lunch:

Becky: So if this force field is what holds us all together imagine if you could find a way to break the rules of the particle.  You could create a transporter just like Star Trek.
Alvin: No you couldn’t.
Becky: Yes you could.  You’d just have to figure out how to break the field, send the particles to another place and put them all back together again.
Alvin: I guess in theory it’s a beginning.
Becky: I guess the hard part would be keeping people alive.  They’d likely be dead when they got there.
Alvin: Probably would.
Becky: I guess that’s why I’m not in charge of designing transporters…

Later again:

Becky: You could say that Jesus was the one time that God decided it would be okay to allow part of himself to be confined by the Higgs boson force field.
Alvin: Huh?
Becky: Well he lived within it for a set period of time.
Alvin: I think that theory would tick off the Evangelicals and the Scientists…