(picture of mad professor… It is actually Higgs and the funny writing apparently an explanation of his model)

Don't try this one: Professor Peter Higgs with a description of the Higgs model.

I just wanted to share this because it really helped me make sense of the buzz about the Higgs boson: How to explain Higgs boson discovery (the Guardian, July 4, 2012)

Yes, it’s an “Idiot’s Guide” and we are against those on principle (dumming down issues and speaking to people as though they are ignorant make people ignorant. It is an evil evil thing) However, this one is clever and more than indicates that the author actually understands the topic. I loved this one:

For English undergraduates: “The Higgs boson (pronounced “boatswain”) is a type of subatomic punctuation with a weight somewhere between a tiny semicolon and an invisible comma. Without it the universe would be a meaningless cloud of gibberish – a bit like The Da Vinci Code, if you read that.

In all fairness — the Reuters report (Reuters, July 5 2012) was also legible for someone like me who does not have any interest in physics and thus only understands the most elementary concepts. This is what I feel I need to know at this stage:

Scientists at Europe’s CERN research center have found a new subatomic particle, a basic building block of the universe, which appears to be the boson imagined and named half a century ago by theoretical physicist Peter Higgs.