The standard model of physics is now complete with the discovery of the Higgs Boson. Is there more underneath? And will God have to retreat further into his ever receding pocket of scientific ignorance?
I’m off early to Canada, and what good news to awaken to!
As everyone expected from rumors leaking out over the past few weeks, it was announced yesterday at a physics conference in Melbourne that a particle consistent with the long-sought Higgs boson was found by two groups using the Large Hadron Collider on the Swiss-French border. The results are characterized as “preliminary”, but I’m betting and hoping they’re right. This is the last particle predicted by the Standard Model of physics, and its discovery is a true triumph of the human intellect. Not that we’re created by God or anything, but squirrels couldn’t have found this!
The CERN press release says this, and we should be proud as scientists that it’s properly cautious:
Geneva, 4 July 2012. At a seminar held at CERN1 today as a curtain raiser to the year’s major particle physics conference, ICHEP2012 in Melbourne…
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