“Those who can do; those who can’t, teach.” – George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman
Theoretical physicist Peter Higgs welled up with tears today, according to Reuters. It was a day many scientists never experience, the proof that their theory proves true through experimentation, best summed up by Breaking Bad’s Jesse Pinkman.
Higgs has said he switched to the theoretical after accepting his incompetence in the lab as a student. It was later, in the 1960’s when he and a team of scientists proposed a particle, the boson, which brought order to the universe following the Big Bang. The theory proposed that the boson would create formations among particles that would otherwise continue to zoom past each other. Dubbed the “God particle”, it had eluded scientists at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider until two independent teams of scientists studying the data positively identified it.
Earlier today, Higgs stated his amazement at being alive to see the discovery of the proposed particle and experiencing the satisfaction of his theory proved true. While there are more tests that will be performed, as the data is further dissected, many scientists on hand for today’s announcement have declared their acceptance of the boson particle.
As for me, I will only truly grasp the significance of the boson particle once Sheldon expands on his previous explanation.