The Higgs Boson – God Particle or Scarlet Pimpernel?

I wrote this short paper some years ago before CERN built their monster machine which seeks the HB. Now they say that they have found it; but ask yourself – if you had convinced the politicians to spend nearly $5bn on a quest to find something – isn’t it likely that you will find SOMETHING? Even if it’s not what you said you were looking for?

2. The Higgs Boson – GP or SP v2

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4 Responses to The Higgs Boson – God Particle or Scarlet Pimpernel?

  1. Just because something looks like the Higgs particle does not mean it is the Higgs particle. If physicists do discover a new particle, they will need to measure its numerous properties before they can determine whether it is the Higgs boson described by the Standard Model of particle physics. Theory predicts in great detail how a Standard Model Higgs particle would interact with other particles. Only after carefully measuring and testing these interactions — like a biologist examining the genetic makeup of a new plant species — would scientists be certain that they had indeed found the Standard Model Higgs boson. A new particle that did not act as expected would give physicists a whole new set of mysteries to explore.

  2. OK, the absence of the Higgs — or at least the absence of proof that it exists — will probably leave the universe unmolested. But if Wednesday’s news is that the Higgs remains out of reach, physicists will either have to redouble their efforts to chase the particle down or find something else to explain why anything solid exists. The betting nearly everywhere is that the boson is in the bag — or so close that few serious physicists doubt it anymore — particularly since CERN, the European physics lab that is running the LHC experiments, began touting the upcoming announcement with an uncharacteristic press push on Monday.

  3. Just because something looks like the Higgs particle does not mean it is the Higgs particle. If physicists do discover a new particle, they will need to measure its numerous properties before they can determine whether it is the Higgs boson described by the Standard Model of particle physics. Theory predicts in great detail how a Standard Model Higgs particle would interact with other particles. Only after carefully measuring and testing these interactions — like a biologist examining the genetic makeup of a new plant species — would scientists be certain that they had indeed found the Standard Model Higgs boson. A new particle that did not act as expected would give physicists a whole new set of mysteries to explore.

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