Homer Nearly Found the Higgs Bosons' Mass Long Before It's Discovery

Some may call The Simpsons a "genius" but nobody predicted this.

A new book named The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets says that donut-loving Homer Simpson almost foretold the mass of the Higgs boson 14 years before any researcher.
During the episode "The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace," which aired in September 1998, Homer inscribes an equation on a chalkboard, which turns out to be an equality that closely foretells the mass of the Higgs boson a.k.a. the "God Particle."

The book's writer Simon Singh told The Independent, "that equation foretells the mass of the Higgs boson." He added, "If you work it out, you get the mass of a Higgs boson that’s only a bit greater than the nano-mass of a Higgs boson truly is. It’s kind of astonishing as Homer makes this estimate 14 years before it was found.”

The Higgs boson "is the mechanism that gives mass to elementary objects, meaning that its presence helps explain the presence of virtually everything else," Mashable's Lance Ulanoff clarified in 2013.

Below is a video from 2013 in which Singh clarifies Homer's equation.

Higgs Boson



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