One of the questions I get most often from my readers is this:
- Since gravity pulls on things proportional to their mass, and since the Higgs field is responsible for giving everything its mass, there obviously must be a deep connection between the Higgs and gravity… right?
It’s a very reasonable guess, but — it turns out to be completely wrong. The problem is that this statement combines a 17th century notion of gravity, long ago revised, with an overly simplified version of a late-20th century notion of where masses of various particles comes from. I’ve finally produced the Higgs FAQ version 2.0, intended for non-experts with little background in the subject, and as part of that, I’ve answered this question. But since the question is so common, I thought I’d also put the answer in a post of its own.
As preface, let me bring out my professorial training and correct the question above with a red pen:
- Since gravity pulls on things proportional to their mass to a combination of their energy and momentum, and since the Higgs field is responsible of giving everything not everything, just the known elementary particles excepting the Higgs particle itself its mass, there obviously must be a deep connection between the Higgs and gravity… right? wrong.
Now let me explain these corrections one by one.
When you first learn about gravity in school, you learn Newton’s law: that the force of gravity between two objects, one of mass M1 and one of mass M2, has a strength proportional to the product M1 M2.
But that was true before Einstein. It turns out that Newton’s law needs to be revised: the Einsteinian statement of the law is (roughly) that for two objects that are slow-moving (i.e. their speed relative to one another is much less than c, the speed of light) and have energy E1 and E2, the gravitational force between them has a strength proportional to the product E1 E2.
How are these two statements, the Newtonian and the Einsteinian, consistent? They are consistent because Einstein and his followers established that for any ordinary object, the relation between its energy E, momentum p and mass M [sometimes called “rest mass”, but just called `mass’ by particle physicists] is
For a slow-moving object, p ≈ Mv (where v is the object’s velocity) and pc ≈ Mvc is much smaller than Mc2. And thereforeWhat does it mean when you get chills? What does swimmer's ear feel like? Show how to use icing tips to decorate cakes? What does life liberty and the pursuit of happiness mean? What stores are open tomorrow? How to construct a confidence interval? Tips and tricks when using slow coker liners? How to deworm yourself? How to hard reset iphone xr? What are the symptoms of the delta variant? What does macrobid treat? How to add drivers license to apple wallet? What time does the liquor store open? What does fraud mean? What does moderated mean? What does lan mean? How to do baseball bat tricks? What to do when you flush q tips? Tips on how to backup a trailer? Tips and tricks.on how to fall asleep faster? What does sarai mean? Tricks to remember what an adverb is? What does gout mean? How to magic tricks paragraph wikihow? What does yr mean? How to mount a tight motorcycle tire tips? How to view liked posts on instagram 2022? What if u dont have icing tips for the bags and u need the swirls? How to get rid of squirrels in attic? How to see the deeper meaning of a story? Map tips http://www.cnet.com/how-to/google-maps-tips-and-tricks/?ftag=cad3c77551? how to download gift taste helper How high to mount tv? What time is the superbowl? What does appropriate mean? What is the meaning of stiff necked in the bible? How do tips perform with rising interest rates? What are shares? How long to thaw 1lb beef tips? What do drying tips and spots on my parlor palm mean? How to do tricks with a tech deck skateboard? What are avionics? How to keep earbuds tips on earphone? How to get rid of cold fast? What does 187 mean? How to clear delta-8 from your system? How to remove acne scars from buttocks naturally? who is stampys helper What is the meaning of adios? What does albatross mean? What does candice mean? What is the meaning of deranged? What does degenerate mean? What is a topic sentence? What does bye felicia mean? What does a face roller do? What does coi mean? What years are the millennials? What does white gums mean? What % to give in tips? How to zip a folder? What does ridicule mean? What does she/her mean? How to avoid capital gains tax? How to treat a fever? What is the meaning of dolphins? What are tarts? What does solubility mean? video download helper how to download mp2 What does 212 mean? What is life? Youtube how to do cool gymnastics tricks? What day does ovulation occur? How to protect cells in excel? how to install botw wii u usb helper How to get rid of melasma? How do the tricks with faces work maguc celebrities? How to use eyelash curler? How reliable is linus tech tips? What does 14k gold filled mean? What is the meaning of fornication? Where can i watch old dogs, new tricks? How to win mega millions ga tricks? What is the meaning of honeymoon? Video of tips on how to pick the best large watermelon? What does gender neutral mean? What does sojourn mean? How to make a cheese ball? How to do in kps alpha roblox tricks? How to get a trident in minecraft? How long will cooked beef tips stay good? How to transfer tickets on ticketmaster? What does sw mean? What is the saying called "you can't teach an old dog new tricks"? What does pepper spray feel like? How to turn off tool tips minecraft? What is the meaning of under pressure by queen? What does overdosing feel like? What is the meaning of neat? What is hashtag mean? How to clean throttle body? How long does it take to beat elden ring?