Ruling the Higgs boson out would be revolutionary, requiring textbooks to be rewritten.

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Finding the Higgs boson, exactly as postulated in the Standard Model, would be a triumph. Ruling it out would be revolutionary, requiring textbooks to be rewritten. Read more:

Today I read a report of which I now bring some excerpts and then some comments:

 

Higgs boson's moment of truth is fast approaching at the LHC

Tantalising hints of the Higgs boson will be confirmed or ruled out at the LHC in the coming months, say researchers.

Physicists at the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva are edging ever closer to answering one of the most profound questions in particle physics: does the Higgs boson exist?

The Large Hadron Collider smashes protons together at close to the speed of light to recreate in microcosm the energetic conditions that existed a fraction of a second after the big bang.

These microscopic fireballs of energy condense into well known subatomic particles.

The Higgs accompanies a theory put forward in 1964 by six physicists, including Peter Higgs at Edinburgh University. The theory describes an invisible field that pervades all of space and endows fundamental particles with mass.

Without the field, or something to do its job, elementary particles would weigh nothing and forever zip around at the speed of light.

"Finding the Higgs boson, exactly as postulated in the Standard Model, would be a triumph. Ruling it out would be revolutionary, requiring textbooks to be rewritten."

 

It says: “The Large Hadron Collider smashes protons together at close to the speed of light to recreate in microcosm the energetic conditions that existed a fraction of a second after the big bang.”

And this big bang is of course an assumption that scientists make.

But scientists and people reporting scientific work do not mention that it is just theory. And so it is a fact in their thinking and therefore one of those things that lets them run in circles.

 

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