04 July 2012

Congratulations CERN!

It appears that the existence of the Higgs boson, a key particle in the "Standard Model" of modern physics, has been confirmed at last, by the Large Hadron Collider at Geneva-based CERN:

I think we have it,” Rolf Heuer, the director general of CERN, said in an interview from his office outside Geneva, calling the discovery “a historic milestone.”..... Here at the Aspen Center for Physics, a retreat for scientists that will celebrate its 50th birthday on Saturday, the sounds of cheers and popping corks reverberated early Wednesday against the Sawatch Range through the Roaring Fork Valley of the Rockies, as bleary-eyed physicists watched their colleagues read off the results in a webcast from CERN. It was a scene duplicated in Melbourne, Australia, where physicists had gathered for a major conference, as well as in Los Angeles, Chicago, Princeton, New York, London and beyond — everywhere that members of a curious species have dedicated their lives and fortunes to the search for their origins in a dark universe.

(Article found via Progressive Eruptions.)

The existence and characteristics of the Higgs boson were predicted decades ago by physicists, and its actual discovery now constitutes powerful confirmation of the validity of the Standard Model.  This is a perfect example of how science works -- it makes testable predictions, predictions which can later be confirmed or refuted by data obtained by experiment or observation.  Other, fake "ways of knowing" such as religion, mysticism, or fake imitations of science such as creationism, do not do this.

These days we hear too much about Europe's problems and not enough about its achievements.  This is a great triumph for European science.



Now if we can just get the morons in the media to stop calling the Higgs boson "the God particle".....

6 Comments:

Blogger Tommykey said...

And the best part is that they did it without causing a rip in the fabric of the space-time continuum and unleashing Cthulu from the bowels of the Earth!

04 July, 2012 10:53  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Yeah, it's usually best to avoid doing that.....

04 July, 2012 10:57  
Blogger Ranch Chimp said...

I sware I been hearing "god particle" so much this week from ABC to CNN, etc, I thought I died and went to heaven : )

05 July, 2012 06:43  
Blogger Murr Brewster said...

I've seen comments by people who think the discovery of the God Particle is a victory over atheists.

Heavy sigh.

05 July, 2012 22:24  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

RC/MB: Word has it that some scientist once referred to the Higgs boson as the "goddamn particle" and was misquoted, and that's how that epithet got started. To me it sounds like somebody during Mass didn't chew their consecrated host properly and got a particle of God stuck in their teeth.

But the people who count understand what this really means.

06 July, 2012 00:26  
Anonymous Mike said...

I remember them playing Large Hadron rap song in science class and all the students loved it.

01 October, 2012 07:28  

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