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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