I’ve read a lot of recent ballyhoo from both atheists and christians lately about the Higgs-Boson particle being the “god particle” and what it means to both communities regarding proof of the existence of god. Well, we can all lean back and relax, here’s the real deal from the horse’s mouth (so to speak) in an article featured in Reuter’s by Tom Henegan.
The term “god particle” was coined by American physicist Leon Lederman, who explained In his book The God Particle: If the Universe is the Answer, What is the Question?, why he’d chosen this title:
“This boson is so central to the state of physics today, so crucial to our final understanding of the structure of matter, yet so elusive, that I have given it a nickname: the God Particle. Why God Particle? Two reasons. One, the publisher wouldn’t let us call it the Goddamn Particle, though that might be a more appropriate title, given its villainous nature and the expense it is causing. And two, there is a connection, of sorts, to another book, a much older one…”
Lederman went on to quote Genesis 11:1-9 (the Tower of Babel story about mankind dispersing). “Finding the God Particle”, he says, “would be like undoing the confusion that followed.”
I hope my atheist friends will put this information to good use, the jig’s up on Higgs.