Nobel judges struggle over who to award the Prize for the God particle to, when it is unclear …
|December 5, 2011||Posted by News under Cosmology, News|
… that the particle even exists. Quote of the day:
The Nobel committee is famous for awarding prizes for ideas that are not only elegant and insightful, but also true. They will wait years for evidence, and decades for proof. And if there was ever an elegant unproven idea, it is the Higgs Mechanism, which Prof. Close prefers to call the Mass Mechanism.
– Joseph Brean, “Large Hadron Collider & the ‘God Particle’: Six creators, one Nobel Prize,” National Post, December 3, 2011
One problem is that people may die in the meantime, but if the Higgs never does turn up, and a Prize was awarded for it … wouldn’t making sci-fi movies be cheaper than building the Large Hadron Collider?
Note:Brean, for the National Post, is one of the few science writers you’ll find who picks up on the subtleties.
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