Higgs discovery probably announced too early.

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Heuer’s speech had caused big jubilation among physicists; technical less experienced observers understood however in fact that it was here about something very big, but were irritated at the same time. Read more:

Today I had to think of my entry 2011 Dec 24 (4) – Large Hadron Collider finds new particle. It is therefore an entry which is now more than half a year old. There the discovery of a new particle was reported and the report says: "New particles are usually discovered every few years, but this is the first to be identified by the LHC."

I already thought about this statement when on the 4th of July 2012, therefore not quite two weeks ago, the discovery of the Higgs particle was reported, or the possible discovery.

The details of this reporting did not actually say that the Higgs particle was discovered but Heuer, the Cern boss, seemed to have been quite successful to suggest this.

I assume he was in a success fix, or he had let himself be put in a success fix, or he put himself in a success fix.

The big PR show which was made there on the 4th of July 2012 did not exactly make a scientific impression. But the community of physicists seemed to have the need for some propaganda after decades of meagre results, or believed to need it.

Now Heuer seems to feel already the need to calm things down.

Today I read an article from which I now bring excerpts and after that the opinion of a reader about the article:

Under the pressure of mass

Higgs discovery probably announced too early

Heuer’s speech had caused big jubilation among physicists; technical less experienced observers understood however in fact that it was here about something very big, but were irritated at the same time.

Was the publication premature? In Dublin the 64-year old justified his statement among others with the huge interest of the public. "Whatever we find out is really often already known before we publish it", said Heuer. At the same time Cern has an obligation to the community of science to present its results. The occasion for it had been first of all the conference in Melbourne. "When we have something, we cannot wait five years until we announce it." It is normal to publish a discovery and to investigate the details after it. Superficially considered it is very probably about the Higgs said Heuer. "But as scientists I must be careful and say: We now have to measure the properties of the particle to be able to determine it more exactly."

That were excerpts from the article and now a letter from a reader:

The "Higgs discovery" was not announced prematurely, it was not announced at all. When the author would have made the effort to have a look at the last transparency of the respective lecture he would have noticed that the discovery of a particle undiscovered until now was announced in the mass region of 126GeV and nothing else.
The lecturers were very careful not to say they had found the Higgs boson and that a journalist should acknowledge in apt reporting.

 

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