Higgs boson: Find it in one year or bust, top physicists say
The Higgs “God particle” boson has been in the news a lot lately, principally because it doesn’t seem to exist … not so far, anyway. Some panicked, and as a no-show at the opening of a glitzy new cosmology centre named after Stephen Hawking, it cast a pall over the festivities.
Now, from “Higgs boson real? We may know in a year” (MSNBC, October 6, 2011),we learn:
The long-sought Higgs boson, believed to have given shape to the universe after the Big Bang, will be found in the next 12 months or shown to be a chimera, heads of the three top physics research centers said on Thursday.
“I think by this time next year I will be able to bring you either the Higgs boson or the message that it doesn’t exist,” declared Rolf Heuer, director general of CERN whose Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is at the focus of the search.
He was echoed by KEK’s Atsuto Suzuki and Pier Oddone of Fermilab, which last weekend shut off after 26 years its Tevatron accelerator, which has also been seeking the Higgs in the debris of billions of particle collisions.
Good for them. Making it definite like that encourages confidence that physics is a discipline. In essence, that means physics could tell us something wee didn’t want to hear and we would accept it.
So it will be really interesting to see is whether, in a year or so, some sources are rewriting history to show that they never really thought there was a Higgs boson, in just the way that Darwinists insist they never thought junk DNA was just junk and conclusive evidence for their position, when in fact there is very considerable documentary evidence that that is exactly what they did think.
Incidentally, they doubt the faster-than-light neutrinos.
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