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Particle Physicist turned Priest on the 'God Particle'

10/07/2012 1:55 pm

Physicist Fr Andrew Pinsent

Trainee priest Dan Fitzpatrick, co-presenter of the popular Vocationcast series hosted on catholicnews.org.uk, has interviewed Fr Andrew Pinsent of the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion about the Higgs-Boson Particle.

Fr Pinsent was a former particle physicist at Cern, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research - one of the world’s largest and most respected centres for scientific research. He is now a priest for the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton.

What is the Higgs-Boson Particle?

“If you imagine a room full of people and someone very famous walks through the crowd – other people will gather around them and slow that person down. That famous person is like an ordinary particle going through space and that crowd that we don’t see is like the Higgs field and the Higgs gathers round the particle and slows it down and it gives what will call mass.”

The God particle

“The term God particle was actually invented by a publisher selling a popular physics book.

“Whenever scientists are doing extraordinary new things there is a tendency to almost want to bring religious language into this. Almost a back handed compliment for those who do believe in God.”

“It’s another piece in the puzzle of standard physics. There are a lot more mysteries out there.”

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Fr Andrew Pinsent

It has been reported that scientists at CERN have discovered the Higgs-Boson particle. Former particle physicist Fr. Andrew Pinsent unpacks this and talks physics and Christianity.   fr-pinsent-higgs-boson-particle.mp3 3.31 MB

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