Unclear. Leon Lederman's book The God Particle was apparently thus called at the suggestion of his editor. It is also claimed that Lederman himself dubbed it (the particle) the goddamn particle, for its elusiveness, the term being toned down for public use.
- (physics, informal) The Higgs boson.
1998, Phillip E. Johnson, Reason in the Balance: The Case Against Naturalism in Science, Law & Education, ISBN 9780830819294, page 229:
- Among other fascinating insights, Penrose explains that the God particle was originally proposed by Peter Higgs as "an ingenious theoretical device, and not necessarily appearing as an actual particle. As a device, it allowed other particles to acquire mass, […] ."
2008, “National Geographic”, volume 213, page 101:
- The first thing you learn when you ask scientists about the God particle is that it′s bad form to call it that.