Homer Simpson and the Higgs Boson

By Anupum Pant

The Higgs Boson, first predicted by Professor Peter Higgs and five other physicists is an elementary particle that explains why other particles in the universe have mass. After having spent billions of dollars and what not, scientists were able to discover a solid proof of the existence of such a particle in 2013. But much before scientists had predicted the mass of it, Homer Simpson came very close to it. And this was about more than ten years before scientists.

Homer writes an equation on the chalk board in the episode “The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace” which was aired in the year 1998. If you solve this equation, you get an answer which is only slightly larger than the actual higgs boson’s mass – as Simon singh pointed out in his book, “The Simpsons and their Mathematical Secrets.”

Now, everyone’s going crazy about how Homer did it isn’t actually thinking straight. This is as simple as seeing that the equation being written on the board by Homer Simpson, was actually written by writers of the show. We’ve seen writers like Ken Keeler hiding deep meanings, especially related to numbers in the past. You should know that he was also a writer for this show for a year before this episode was aired.

What I think is that there was some hidden genius hiding behind the veil here. It can’t be just a coincidence.

via [io9]

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