So the discovery of the Higgs boson has earned François Englert and Peter Higgs the Nobel for physics. Top news! To have a theory experimentally confirmed half a century later is something else. Apparently Prof Higgs was unavailable for comment having gone on holiday sans phone due to the media attention. Fair play. Way back when Richard Feynman won the Noble he was copped by a press man and said – approximately – “If I could explain what I did to win the Noble Prize in physics in five minutes it wouldn’t have been worth the Noble Prize”. Quite.
There is a quiet lament though. Englert’s colleague died shortly before CERN announced that the LHC’s Atlas had clocked the Higgs Boson. And two Americans and another Brit came within an ace of publishing before Peter Higgs… Ah, well.
At least they won’t have to deal with fame!
And despite the video at the top I have always been annoyed by the Higgs Boson being reffed as the “God particle”. So apparently has Prof Higgs who has taken-up cudgels against Prof Dawkins on the matter.
It is a solution to one problem – a massive one (joke intended) – but one problem. There is always plus ultra. But it is a mighty achievement and a wonderful thing that two old men will die knowing they were right.
Because I always worried that Peter Higgs (who is 84) would die before he knew he was right and he has waited nearly 50 years to raise a glass over this. Well, I have raised a glass to him tonight as well. And does it need saying he is a Geordie by birth? Of course he is!
François Englert and Peter Higgs – I salute you both.
The physiology/medicine prize seemed to go to three good sticks for something that is also cool. I await chemistry – sort of.
Excellent news so far.