Yellow lines shoot in wavy, wire-like radiations through a field of multitudinous blue dots. A few green and red lines are in there, too. These lines and points shine against darkness. Around the edge of the bright pattern, glowing rectangles define the perimeter of a circle.
“[It’s a] Picture that changes the way we see the universe for ever”, said the headline above this image on the front page of Thursday’s Guardian. The picture suggests a revolutionary frontier of knowledge. It fizzes with energy and mystery. If it is reasonable to call the Higgs boson a “God particle”, this image certainly conveys the Sistine Chapel awe, the electrified sense of wonder, that has greeted its apparent discovery. (via Higgs boson: the human urge to visualise the particle is irresistible | Jonathan Jones | guardian.co.uk)