Thursday, July 5, 2012

Science versus Nature - Higgs Boson

I like the way the Higgs Boson (whatever it is) story is unfolding. I am even more impressed by the CERN scientists and what they have done. But what they say is rather funny.

To begin with they said on finding evidence of game-changing discovery of subatomic particle.
'We have now found the missing cornerstone of partcile physics' said Rolf Heuer, Director of CERN. 'As a layman, I think we have it. But as a scientist I have to say 'what do we have?' Not too convincing huh after the 10 billion effort.

The report says that the leaders of the two CERN teams presented in complicated scientific terms what was essentially extremely strong evidence of a new particle.
'We can only call it a Higgs Boson, not the Higgs Boson,' was another conclusion.

But what took the cake for me was the final quip that drips with an arrogance that can only come from scientists 'Thanks, nature.'

You see, we got it all figured out! Almost.


madhav said...

"Boson" is named after Satyendra Nath Bose the Indian scientist who was robbed of the Noble prize in the 1920's.

Harimohan said...

Yes Madhav, I read about it yesterday. It will probably take me a lifetime to figure out what these guys have found 'evidence' of. Anyway, probably means that god exists pal. You better be careful with your radical views on god.

madhav said...

Another thing, this God Particle thing...the author of the book initially wanted to call it the 'GODDAMN' particle. The publishers changed it to the god particle. The more such discoveries are made, the shakier the grounds for god.