Wednesday, July 04, 2012

No One Expects...

the Higgs Boson!

Except for the physicists who've been waiting decades for a glimpse of the elusive subatomic particle. Now CERN thinks they've got evidence of its existence. The Times article I link to includes this charming bit:
At CERN itself, 1,000 people stood in line all night to get into the auditorium, according to Guido Tonelli, a CERN physicist who said the atmosphere was like a rock concert. Peter Higgs, the University of Edinburgh theorist for whom the boson is named, entered the meeting to a standing ovation.
This reminds me of the news that Fermat's Last Theorem had been solved. It's a great day for physics!

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