“The results are preliminary but the 5 sigma signal at around 125 GeV we’re seeing is dramatic. This is indeed a new particle. We know it must be a boson and it’s the heaviest boson ever found,” said CMS experiment spokesperson Joe Incandela. “The implications are very significant and it is precisely for this reason that we must be extremely diligent in all of our studies and cross-checks.”
My own father asked me if the scientist in Europe were trying to find God in a particle accelerator.
The whole “God particle thing was obviously a metephor, but just as an idle aside, I was thinking that it would be enormously embarrassing to the Abrahamic fundiwhackos if it DID turn out to be the case. God is not some bearded Guy In The Sky, but a subatomic particle which gives us mass.
The Pantheists would have the last laugh.
Not that the fundiwhackos would be deterred by that. They would just stick their fingers in the ears and cry “La la la la la, is ain’t sooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
Equal Opportunity Curmudgeon - 04 July 2012 05:03 PM
Nah, they’ll just claim that god created the boson particle to do the work for him.
Cognitive dissonance! Ya gotta love it!
Yea, talk about cognitive dissonance, how is it some threads which are actually turdpiles of regurgitated misunderstandings, remain endlessly fascinating and no fly can resist? I’ll mention no names…
Opps, a little off topic there, sorry
Hey anyone read the 4% Universe by Richard Panek. I haven’t read it but I’ve just finished listening to it. And thanks to the bulky controls of the MP3 book and constantly resetting chapters, I had a very thorough listen. And it was great. I like his descriptive style and characters sketches. It’s my first Panek book but I look forward to reading/listening to more.
The 4% Universe
“... The main topic of the book is the supernova searches that led to what seems to be a non-zero value of the cosmological constant. It also discusses the astronomical evidence for dark matter, as well as on-going searches for a dark matter particle.
One of the most interesting themes of the book is that of the encounter between the two different cultures of particle physics and astronomy. . .”