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Has the God particle been overhyped ?


Posted on Monday, 10 June, 2013 | Comment icon 9 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


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The academic behind the discovery of the Higgs-Boson believes the particle may have been overhyped.

Peter Higgs has warned that great media interest in the discovery has lead to a distorted view on particle physics by the general public and that scientific institutions have used the success to justify expensive new research projects. An over-emphasis on the Large Hadron Collider in particular has lead Higgs to criticize CERN over a failure to promote other projects.

"I think it's been overhyped ... The way it's been plugged by organisations like CERN has worried me," he said. "It worried me that once it was discovered they would be caught out and the perception would be that there was no need for the machine any more." The LHC is currently undergoing an upgrade after which it is hoped it will be able to detect direct evidence of dark matter, the elusive material thought to account for a large part of the universe's mass.

"Peter Higgs, the British academic after whom the particle is named, said it is being used by scientific institutions to justify massive research budgets."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by RingFenceTheCity on 7 June, 2013, 16:54
Well said Peter. The 83-year-old scientist, who lives in Edinburgh, insisted the reference was not funny and was actually misleading. He came up with the theory of a subatomic particle, since dubbed the Higgs boson, which would explain the mystery of how things have mass. But the professor wants people to stop referring to it as the "God particle" because he does not believe the particle holding the physical fabric of the universe together is the work of one almighty creator. According to Prof Higgs, the nickname actually started as a joke, adding that it was "not a very good one". The phrase ... [More]
Comment icon #2 Posted by Render on 10 June, 2013, 8:34
Peter Higgs: stop calling it the god particle Started by Render, Apr 09 2013 07:53 AM http://www.unexplained-mysteries.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=246007
Comment icon #3 Posted by paperdyer on 10 June, 2013, 15:20
DArk matter is all well and good as long as they don't start looking for anti-matter inside the dark.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Frank Merton on 10 June, 2013, 16:01
Scientists don't generally resort to hype, and obviously Dr. Higgs has had his fill of it regarding his work. The problem is that politics is all about hype, and, when scientists need government money, they have to get into politics.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Axlaiden on 10 June, 2013, 23:29
The Higgs boson is definitely NOT over-hyped - and in fact should have been a much bigger deal than it was. Even for the laymen like myself, I can see the great benefits of understanding where mass derives from in its particle form. If we know where mass derives from, we can attain a much better understanding about Gravity - well eventually. The biggest issue with a discovery of this magnitude is no one knows what the Higgs Boson is...and many just don't care unless they are holding the technology in their hands. What a shame.
Comment icon #6 Posted by sum_ergo_cogito on 11 June, 2013, 22:22
Peter Higgs: stop calling it the god particle Started by , Apr 09 2013 07:53 AM http://www.unexplained-mysteries.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=246007 - listen, guys - if the guy who postulated the Higgs boson doesn't want the term 'God particle' to be used, then why are you asking this stupid question? Of course, it is overhyped by people like you. The Higgs boson is definitely not overhyped.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Papagiorgio on 12 June, 2013, 17:03
Peter Higgs: stop calling it the god particle Started by , Apr 09 2013 07:53 AM http://www.unexplain...howtopic=246007 - listen, guys - if the guy who postulated the Higgs boson doesn't want the term 'God particle' to be used, then why are you asking this stupid question? Of course, it is overhyped by people like you. The Higgs boson is definitely not overhyped. That's not really what the article the OP posted is about. Dr. Higgs doesn't like that scientific institutions are using the Higgs-Boson to increase the size of their budgets. Who are you referring to when you say "people like you". No... [More]
Comment icon #8 Posted by Abramelin on 12 June, 2013, 18:54
The "God particle" is overhyped, just like "God" is overhyped.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Render on 13 June, 2013, 20:52
Peter Higgs: stop calling it the god particle Started by , Apr 09 2013 07:53 AM http://www.unexplain...howtopic=246007 - listen, guys - if the guy who postulated the Higgs boson doesn't want the term 'God particle' to be used, then why are you asking this stupid question? Of course, it is overhyped by people like you. The Higgs boson is definitely not overhyped. What question are you seeing?


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