Talk:1437: Higgs Boson

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They can lose the DATA about Higgs Boson. To help prevent such possibility, I would like to mention that the found Higgs Boson energy is between 125 and 126 GeV/c^2 Hkmaly (talk) 12:18, 22 October 2014 (UTC)

It may be nitpicking because of the 'equivalancy of mass and energy', but isn't the term GeV/c2 usually used to describe a particle's mass while GeV is used to describe its energy?--Dangerkeith3000 (talk) 15:29, 22 October 2014 (UTC)
You are right with the terms. However, when speaking about mass the "/c^2" term is implicit. 03:46, 24 October 2014 (UTC)BK201

Sorry, felt it better to change "play 'hide and seek' with" to "know the current location of", because it read too as too anthropomorphic for the tone of the explanation. Like I don't play hide-and-seek with my house-keys, when they're temporarily unlocated. (Unless the world is weirder than I'm aware of, and the voices in my head are right after all!) Apologies if the hyperbole was the intent, and feel free to revert. 14:53, 22 October 2014 (UTC)

The 4th paragraph begins with "Meagan's mention that "The death isn't even very serious"...". Shouldn't it be Ponytail, not Meagan? -- 16:28, 22 October 2014 (UTC)

Or Cueball. Changing to "The comment..." 17:36, 22 October 2014 (UTC)

Though of course this is a comic and not an actual transcript of a news conference or proceedings determining actual grant money, is there something significant missing or unanswered about the Higgs Boson that would require significantly more money (for e.g. a BIGGER COLLIDER!!!!!!!!)? Or is this rather a play at the "Find/Found" difference, and Randall just used the Higgs to make the point? I believe last I heard they found something that must be it, but I suppose further study was required to confirm it (or something)... Brettpeirce (talk) 20:37, 22 October 2014 (UTC)

I am like 99% sure that "the death isn't even that serious is a reference to one of the hitchhiker's guide books. (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

Maybe they just precisely determined it's momentum? -- Craignelson7007 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

I don't read the "just one" reference as being just one death - "... to build a death ray.' 'Just one, though.'" certainly sounds like they built just one death ray. 03:11, 24 October 2014 (UTC)

In the phrase "the death isn't even very serious", "the death" is singular. I read this to mean "we didn't even kill someone important." It is likely ambiguous intentionally. It could also mean "the death ray doesn't cause very serious death." as though you could cause a mild death. "Don't worry he's only dead. He won't mind." 04:31, 24 October 2014 (UTC)BLuDgeons

In the explination they mention that they caused the eventual death of a helicopter. It hasn't been proven (as of yet) that helicopter cancer caused the helicopter's early death. There are plenty of human cancers that that can smolder on for years. Prostate cancer comes to mind. 14:36, 24 October 2014 (UTC)

"Prostate cancer comes to mind" - ouch. Brain tumors are pretty lethal. 14:34, 27 October 2014 (UTC)

Hey at least now they know its momentum! 04:17, 26 August 2020 (UTC)

I think it would be good to mention the unusual use of "The" in "the Higgs boson" as opposed to "Higgs bosons" or "a Higgs boson". This allows the comic to suggest that the Higgs boson is a singular entity which the LHC was meant to find (and perhaps capture). -- 02:26, 31 December 2014 (UTC)

I was going to find the image on Wikimedia Commons, but no amount of research could allow me to find that image. So I just deleted the 'image' and removed the incomplete bar. --JayRulesXKCD (talk) 11:38, 26 September 2016 (UTC)

The last sentence previously said "cause the eventual death of a helicopter". I changed it to "give a helicopter cancer."R3TRI8UTI0N (talk) 03:52, 26 March 2022 (UTC)

The thing is WHAT? (reopened)

Don't make a self-referential joke like in the last version of this section. EVER. Or else your comment will be deleted. This is a topic about the cliffhanger at panel 3. Don't unsign this. 04:07, 26 February 2024 (UTC)

It's not a cliffhanger. In panel 4 when they say "Don't tell us you lost it already'", that's what Cueball was going to say. They lost the Higgs Boson and need a grant to go find it again. You can imagine panel 3 ending with "See, the thing is... we kinda lost it." Orion205 (talk) 06:10, 29 February 2024 (UTC)
The commentator abovs is just being silly, they don't have any relevent comments about the comic, they're just persistent in not saying anything (and finally took the hint about at least adding a signature), just see the Talk page history. 11:58, 29 February 2024 (UTC)
I don't think he's being silly. 03:25, 1 March 2024 (UTC)