As reported by the Washington Post, scientists in Geneva, Switzerland yesterday announced that they had found the elusive Higgs boson, a sub-atomic particle that gives mass to other particles. The particle has sometimes been referred to as the "God particle" because it is so fundamental that without it nothing could exist. Christianity Today reports on why scientists do not like the "God particle" nickname. Peter Higgs, who predicted the existence of the particle, has said:
I find it embarrassing because, though I'm not a believer myself, I think it is the kind of misuse of terminology which I think might offend some people.