Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Science Awaits

The BBC's Pallab Ghosh appears to have the only balanced coverage of tomorrow's fairy funeral. He writes:
But there are two other scenarios. It is possible that neither experiment has detected any signal across the range where the Higgs is expected to be found. This too is incredibly interesting; far more interesting to physicists than finding the Higgs, in fact.
Unfortunately, the science section doesn't admit the possibility that fairies do not exist:
Prof Stefan Soldner-Rembold, from the University of Manchester, called the quality of the LHC's results "exceptional" ... The Higgs particle would, of course, be a great discovery, but it would be an even greater discovery if it didn't exist where theory predicts it to be."
Perhaps it doesn't exist anywhere, Stefan. Meanwhile, Scientific American writes:
Even before the data are out, theoretical physicists around the world are working out the possible implications. Some have pointed out that a value of $125$ GeV would be good news for supersymmetry, a theory that predicts that each particle would have a heavier partner known as a superparticle (at least for particles within the framework of the Standard Model of particle physics, the currently accepted description of the subatomic world).

1 comment:

  1. I have no intention of staying up all night to watch this thing. My IT facilities might not cut it anyway. When I get up in the morning, a few hours after the seminar, fairies will be (albeit as yet unofficially) DEAD!


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