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Hawking disappointed by Higgs boson find

November 13, 2013 | Comment icon 17 comments



Professor Stephen Hawking. Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Doug Wheller
Professor Stephen Hawking believes that the particle's discovery has made physics 'less interesting'.
The world famous wheelchair-bound physicist revealed his thoughts on the discovery of the Higgs boson during a recent talk at Londonís Science Museum during the launch of a new exhibit dedicated to providing visitors with a behind-the-scenes look at Cern's Large Hadron Collider.

During the talk Hawking, who has suffered from motor neuron disease for most of his life, said that "physics would be far more interesting if it had not been found" and went on to talk about a bet he'd made over whether or not the particle would ever be discovered.
"I had a bet with Gordon Kane of Michigan University that the Higgs particle wouldnít be found," he said. "The Nobel Prize cost me 100 dollars."

Hawking also spoke a bit about M-theory, the idea that our universe is but one of many and that the Large Hadron Collider will one day help to prove this to be true.

"Each universe has many possible histories and many possible states," he said. "Most of these states will be quite unlike the universe we observe, and quite unsuitable for the existence of any form of life. Only a very few would allow creatures like us to exist."

Source: Cambridge News | Comments (17)


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Comment icon #8 Posted by Harte 9 years ago
The link wont open for me either... what does the Higgs Boson particle tell us? I don't remember actually reading what it would mean for science, just that they want to find it. It reminds Higgs how to turn the Bose speakers on. Harte
Comment icon #9 Posted by Razer 9 years ago
That was in 1848, not 1900 I know it is off topic, but can you provide a link that shows it was actually said (nevermind the year)? I've heard that one from time to time, but thought it was debunked.
Comment icon #10 Posted by mattyt81 9 years ago
saying that it would be more interesting if it was never found is kind if like the mentality of religious belief. science is about finding facts. why be disappointed when you find them?
Comment icon #11 Posted by Frank Merton 9 years ago
I think the widespread idea in physics was that when the Higgs Boson was found it would have properties clewing us to more new and bizarre physics. Instead, it seems to have merely confirmed expectations.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Taun 9 years ago
I know it is off topic, but can you provide a link that shows it was actually said (nevermind the year)? I've heard that one from time to time, but thought it was debunked. I'd always heard it also, so I did a bit of research (internet surfing actually) and found that apparently it was an actual quote, but not by the US Patent Commissioner in 1899... It was apparently a part of a joke in an 1899 issue of Punch magazine - sort of the National Lampoon of it's day... Not to say the Commissioner couldn't have had a sense of humor and repeated the jest to his staff... http://www.patentlyo.com/paten... [More]
Comment icon #13 Posted by taniwha 9 years ago
The M-theory sounds like another $100 worth of fiddlesticks to me. Anything you imagine could possibly be true, or possibly not? It is simply an idea that impossibility itself is possible while at the same time possibility becomes impossible! Talk about clutching at straws! Possibly the stupidest thing Ive heard yet!
Comment icon #14 Posted by Harte 9 years ago
The M-theory sounds like another $100 worth of fiddlesticks to me. Anything you imagine could possibly be true, or possibly not? It is simply an idea that impossibility itself is possible while at the same time possibility becomes impossible! Talk about clutching at straws! Possibly the stupidest thing Ive heard yet! You go on pretending that decades of theoretical physics and exremely high-level mathematics is "simply an idea," as if it was dreamed up around the bong. Harte
Comment icon #15 Posted by taniwha 9 years ago
You go on pretending that decades of theoretical physics and exremely high-level mathematics is "simply an idea," as if it was dreamed up around the bong. Harte lol. Anything that can be theorised by modern science has been discussed ad infinitum around campfires ad nauseum ... You dont need to be a brain surgeon to arrive at some fantastical theory... there is no elitist monopoly to freedom of thought... If M theory were correct it will confirm what I say and what you say to be simultaneously true and false.
Comment icon #16 Posted by Harte 9 years ago
While I know that string theory (which is an element of M theory) appears at this time to be unverifiable and thus isn't accepted as a scientific theory by some scientists, I'm also well aware of the amount of work done on the mathematical side that has led to where we are today. Such work is not done around the campfire and equating it with flights of fancy exposes an ignorance you might want to get fixed. Or, at least, have some one take a look at it. Harte
Comment icon #17 Posted by taniwha 9 years ago
Hahaha, what a crack up! thanks for the laugh ... Sadly you have mistaken I for Steven Hawking. I agree absolutely, before such costly and futile experimentation into this fanciful theory, SOMEONE better have a look at it!


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