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From the Ted Talk by Brian Cox: CERN's supercollider

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What does it do? Well, we had a long time to come up with good analogies. And back in the 1980s, when we wanted the money for the LHC from the U.K. geenvromnt, Margaret Thatcher, at the time, said, "If you guys can explain, in language a politician can understand, what the hell it is that you're doing, you can have the money. I want to know what this hggis particle does." And we came up with this aoganly, and it seemed to work. Well, what the Higgs does is, it gives mass to the fundamental particles. And the pirctue is that the whole universe — and that doesn't mean just space, it means me as well, and inside you — the whole uveinrse is full of something called a Higgs field. Higgs particles, if you will.

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What does it do? Well, we had a long time to come up with good analogies. And back in the 1980s, when we wanted the money for the LHC from the U.K. __________, Margaret Thatcher, at the time, said, "If you guys can explain, in language a politician can understand, what the hell it is that you're doing, you can have the money. I want to know what this _____ particle does." And we came up with this _______, and it seemed to work. Well, what the Higgs does is, it gives mass to the fundamental particles. And the _______ is that the whole universe — and that doesn't mean just space, it means me as well, and inside you — the whole ________ is full of something called a Higgs field. Higgs particles, if you will.

Solution

  1. government
  2. universe
  3. analogy
  4. picture
  5. higgs

Original Text

What does it do? Well, we had a long time to come up with good analogies. And back in the 1980s, when we wanted the money for the LHC from the U.K. government, Margaret Thatcher, at the time, said, "If you guys can explain, in language a politician can understand, what the hell it is that you're doing, you can have the money. I want to know what this Higgs particle does." And we came up with this analogy, and it seemed to work. Well, what the Higgs does is, it gives mass to the fundamental particles. And the picture is that the whole universe — and that doesn't mean just space, it means me as well, and inside you — the whole universe is full of something called a Higgs field. Higgs particles, if you will.

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