Monday, July 2, 2012

"God particle" found?

In the news today ("'It's a boson:' Higgs quest bears new particle", "Proof of 'God particle' found"), CERN appears to have evidence of the Higgs Boson particle's existence.  They have statistically determined that the likelihood of the Higgs Boson particle's existence is a 5-sigma probability, meaning it's most likely there, even though they have not captured definitive proof.  While I concur that there is an incipient "particle" that forms matter, one person's proclamation that "in some sense we have reached the mountaintop" seems premature.