Rolling in the Higgs

As some of you might have read in the "information" section of the blog, I'm a biologist. So, I'm a geeky science-lover. And I can't help but talk about this passion of mine with the recent Nobel Prize announcements.

Nearly five decades ago, Peter Higgs wrote a theory on how fundamental particles get their masses. Last week he, along with physicist Francois Englert, received the Nobel Prize in physics for their work

The video below comes from the day last July when scientists working on the Large Hadron Collider at Cern near Geneva made the announcement that they believed they had finally found that particle, the Higgs Boson. At minute 0:50 you can see Peter Higgs tearing up at the news.

Higgs later told The Guardian's science correspondent, Ian Sample, about that day:

I was about to burst into tears. I was knocked over by the wave of the reaction of the audience. Up until then I was holding back emotionally, but when the audience reacted I couldn’t hold back any more. That’s the only way I can explain it.
— Peter Higgs

Quoting Ian Sample, on twitter:

Point being that Higgs was moved to tears not cos CERN had found his particle, but cos of what it meant to those in the room around him.

And who can not love that?
— Ian Sample - science correspondent

If you want to understand more about the Higgs Boson and why it's so important, you can which this and this video, and maybe get a better idea (don't worry if you don't really get it - it's crazy complex stuff).  

In the meantime, I leave you with the "Rolling in the Higgs, (Adele parody), from the ever geeky A Capella Science. :-) 

The Icarus Deception

Seth Godin is an entrepreneur and blogger who thinks about the marketing of ideas in the digital age and who is uniquely respected for his understanding of the Internet.

In his recent book, The Icarus Deception, he looks at the end of the industrial economy and what happens next. The commonly understood moral of the story of Icarus is to play it safe, to obey authority. In this book, Godin defends forging your own path, choosing to do something you feel fulfilled by and that brings happiness to you, and consequently, to those around you. Godin argues how the internet has created the connection revolution that makes it possible to stand up to world and show your "art" - whatever it may be .

Check out the inspiring short movie that explains a little bit about the book, and his website that gathers examples of people who choose to fly closer to the sun, going directly against the moral of the story of Icarus.

Via Swiss-Miss (Tina Roth, who is part of the video below).

Life’s too short not to do something you’re thoroughly passionate about
— Tina Roth Eisenberg