WBEZ | Piero Procaccini http://www.wbez.org/tags/piero-procaccini Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en A poem about The God Particle http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-07/poem-about-god-particle-100747 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AP120704021118%20%281%29.jpg" style="height: 224px; width: 300px; float: right; " title="This 2011 image provide by CERN, shows a real CMS proton-proton collision in which 4 high energy electrons are observed in a 2011 event. The event shows characteristics expected from the decay of a Higgs boson but is also consistent with background Standard Model physics processes. (AP/CERN)" />You may still be confused about the origins of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/science/fermilab-scientists-applaud-higgs-boson-discovery-100653">the Higgs boson</a>, but performer Piero Procaccini has it down and he&#39;s written a spoken-word paen to the so-called &quot;God Particle.&quot; Read an excerpt below or listen above:</p><p><em>There&rsquo;s a tale to be told of a turbulent time,</em></p><p><em>But the lesson to learn borders on the sublime,&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>And so let us begin with a bang, so to speak,</em></p><p><em>Then skip more than ten billion years plus half a week.</em></p><p><em>To the end of the day at the end of a bar,</em></p><p><em>It does not matter where, only know it&rsquo;s not far.&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>There the bartender stood, with a rag in his fist,</em></p><p><em>And a smirk on his face that he could not resist,</em></p><p><em>For at that very moment, the front door swung wide,</em></p><p><em>And a woman escaped from the heat from outside.</em></p><p><em>And she pulled up a stool and she ordered a drink,</em></p><p><em>And he stared for a moment then gave her a wink.</em></p><p><em>&ldquo;See the paper today?&rdquo; he inquired with delight</em></p><p><em>And she knew, in that instant, he wanted a fight.</em></p><p><em>&ldquo;Yes, I did,&rdquo; she replied as she tried not to cuss.</em></p><p><em>&ldquo;Is there something you saw that you&rsquo;d like to discuss?&rdquo;</em></p><p><em>&ldquo;You&rsquo;re the scientist, aren&rsquo;t you?&rdquo; His words dripped with scorn.</em></p><p><em>&ldquo;Always trying to prove there&rsquo;s no God, I&rsquo;d have sworn.&rdquo;</em></p><p><em>&ldquo;Well that isn&rsquo;t quite fair,&rdquo; she began her reply,</em></p><p><em>&ldquo;Science seeks to uncover the &lsquo;how&rsquo; more than &lsquo;why.&rsquo;</em></p><p><em>We test out our theories,&rdquo; she said with calm pauses.</em></p><p><em>&ldquo;To understand Nature through natural causes.</em></p><p><em>And no matter how loudly that someone insists.</em></p><p><em>We lay no claim to whether or not God exists.&rdquo;</em></p><p><em>&ldquo;That&rsquo;s not true &ndash; not today!&rdquo; his response, so unwarm.</em></p><p><em>&ldquo;There is proof God exists now in particle form.&rdquo;</em></p><p><em>&ldquo;Oh, is that why you&rsquo;re smiling?&rdquo; she laughed, &ldquo;That&rsquo;s no bigs.&rdquo;</em></p><p><em>The God Particle&rsquo;s really a boson called Higgs.&rdquo;</em></p><p><a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/" target="_blank">The Paper Machete</a><em>&nbsp;is a weekly live magazine at the Horseshoe in North Center. It&#39;s always at 3 p.m., it&#39;s always on Saturday, and it&#39;s always free. Get all your&nbsp;</em>The Paper Machete Radio Magazine<em>&nbsp;needs filled&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/tags/paper-machete" target="_blank">here</a>, or download the podcast from iTunes&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-paper-machete-radio-magazine/id450280345" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p></p> Wed, 11 Jul 2012 08:19:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-07/poem-about-god-particle-100747