9 hours ago? da fud, this info came out like 9 months ago.
Reading that and other linked stories made me want to learn all I can about physics so I could understand exactly what it all means.
we're getting closer, but right now we cant prove anything to the accepted 5-sigma (1 in 1 million chance of statistical error) level.
Fermilabs shutting down now as well, so further evidence will have to come from the LHC which uses a rarer decay pattern, a 2-photon path rather than the more common but less reliable (from an evidence point of view) beta quark decay.
this is an exciting time for particle physics, not just whether we discover it or not but being able to find out how it behaves will open the door for lots of current theories such as Supersymmetry if it doesnt conform exactly to predictions.
as an interested physics geek, i cant wait
As someone who understood about half of what sequoiad said, I'm even more interested. I find all this shit fascinating, and I just wanna know more.
How many skateboarders does it take to change a lightbulb? One, but it'll take him 100 tries.
bet Lederman is beginning to wish he'd never written that book.
Apparently the book was supposed to be called the "God-damn particle" because it was so god-damn hard to find. Publishers thought "God particle" (which also works because the Higgs field is invisible yet everywhere) would be better suited.