Epic, magic, creative, wonderous – There probably aren’t enough adjectives to describe what has been going on in the world of high energy particle physics.
I watched, with wonder, the CERN webcast on the 4.9/5.0 ? results on the discovery of a new boson at 125 Gev. It’s the Higgs of course! Watching those hundreds of dedicated physicists, engineers, technical and support staff being riveted to the presenters and the data being shown was amazing. Peter Higgs losing it with the emotion of the announcement was just icing on the cake. This is up there with Chadwick discovering the neutron and Rutherford finding the proton.
From a small, insignificant watcher of the amazing world of science – Congratulations! and congratulations to the thousands of physicists who have laboured tirelessly over their blackboards and apparatus over the last 100 years.
Thank you CERN for letting us all watch this incredible journey unfold in real time. It’s almost like being at the Cavendish is 1931!