Higgs: "I find it very difficult to imagine how the theory works without it, so something has to have this sort of role in the theory."

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It remains far from certain that the theoretical particle even exists but Prof Higgs, 82, said it plays such an important role in the Standard Model of particle physics and how the universe is put together that there can be little doubt it is real. Read more:

Four days ago there was the report
2011 Nov 18 (2) Discovery of Higgs could turn LHC into white elephant
and today I now read the article and now bring excerpts of what Peter Higgs has to say:

 

But Cern has invested so much in ensuring that the Higgs boson project captivates the imagination of the world that it may be hard to justify keeping the LHC open if the particle is actually found, Prof Peter Higgs claimed.

Accusing the laboratory of overhyping a project which has its roots in his own research half a century ago, Sir Peter said it could struggle to interest funding bodies in other valuable research to which the enormous particle collider is vital.

In an interview published in Prospect Magazine's December issue, he said: "I've been worried over the years about the way that Cern handled its publicity.

"I think they talked up the search for the Higgs boson too much - so much that they were in danger of having their paymasters say, 'oh well, you've found it now, you don't need to run that expensive machine any more do you?'

"I think that it's being realised that they need to devote more publicity to the other things that they do there, which are equally important. From my point of view, finding this thing is just the end of a chapter."

It remains far from certain that the theoretical particle even exists but Prof Higgs, 82, said it plays such an important role in the Standard Model of particle physics and how the universe is put together that there can be little doubt it is real.

He said: "If you tried to modify the theory to take it out, the whole thing becomes nonsense."

Despite being "open-minded" about what form it might take, he added: "I find it very difficult to imagine how the theory works without it, so something has to have this sort of role in the theory."

 

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