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So I looked for some explanations, how I understand it so far is that the Higgs field causes particles to have mass by drag, like drag force in water, which prevents objects from moving at the speed of light, is that correct? so is the Higgs field essentially an element that makes up space?

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Fields aren't elements that make up space. Rather, they are conditions on space. Think of them as mathematical functions that assign a physical quantity to each point in space and time. For instance, the electric field assigns an electric field vector to each point of space. The Higgs field assigns four component complex scalar from SU(2) to each point of spacetime, instead of assigning a vector to each point. So we call it a Higgs field instead of a vector field. – David H Apr 5 '14 at 20:47
I don't have enough reputation to leave this as a comment, but this Youtube video by Sean Carroll answers your question very well. – Pingk Apr 6 '14 at 12:55

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