Clip of the Day: 9-Year-Old Genius Boy Explains ‘God Particle’

Clip of the Day: 9-Year-Old Genius Boy Explains ‘God Particle’

What the heck is a Higgs Boson?

Discovered a few weeks ago by physicists in Geneva, the Higgs Boson is a subatomic particle that is hugely important for understanding the workings of the universe. But while scientists across the world celebrated, most people were left wondering, “What’s a Higgs Boson and why does it matter?”

Tanishq Abraham, a precocious nine-year-old college student, takes a stab at explaining complicated particle theory in this Google+ hangout with Danny Stolzman of the YouTube channel THNKR. The Higgs Boson particle, part of the Standard Model of particle physics, helps explain how particles get mass, which was previously not well understood before.

MORE: Meet Tanishq Abraham, an Eight-Year-Old College Student

Stolzman asks, “What is this about the God particle? Is that the same as the Higgs Boson?”

“The Higgs Boson can explain why particles have mass. Without it, we would be massless, everything would be massless—that’s why they [physicists] call it the God particle,” Abraham responds.

Abraham, who was inducted into the genius society Mensa at the age of four, was already taking fourth- and fifth-grade math classes when he was in second grade. He began enrolling in classes at American River College in Sacramento, Calif., when he was just seven, reported ABC News.

In addition to chatting about physics, this wunderkind introduces us to his sister, fellow child prodigy Tiara, and recommends that kids tackle particle physics before astronomy, if they want to learn more. Still interested in discovering more? Check out this video too.

Did you learn something from super genius Tanishq? Or are you just as confused as before? Let us know in the comments.

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Kelly Zhou hails from the Bay Area and is currently a student in Los Angeles. She has written on a variety of topics, predominantly focusing on politics and education. Email Kelly | @kelllyzhou |

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