CERN revs up hopes for smashing year for physics

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AZWarrior wrote:

I can’t help myself – I love really big science. It doesn’t get any bigger on this planet at this time than CERN. I know many people feel the billions spent could better be used to feed the hungry and such, but I think we all know that no amount of money will ever feed the hungry, and at least the knowledge learned is indestructible and universal. We are the universe made aware.

Apr 08, 2012 4:59am EDT  --  Report as abuse
xit007 wrote:

What happens if there is no Higgs Boson – then the multi-billion atom smash will prove what? Maybe – it might prove the smartest minds on the planet really don’t know what is out there. It might just be worth it to explore the theory so we will know. But my fear is that they will conjure up some discovery to cover their astute behinds because failure to find the answer they are looking for … is failure. I hope they have the guts to say the truth –

Apr 09, 2012 6:14pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
bobplaysbass wrote:

That’s not how it works xit….failure to find the Higgs would be just as valuable and valid a result as actually finding it. That’s the point…to determine if it in fact exists. If it does not exist, then that might be considered a failure of the Standard Model, but it is certainly *not* a failure on the part of the scientists. This isn’t a competition or a contest where the scientists “win” or “lose”’s science, where the goal is simply to discover how the universe works.

Apr 10, 2012 12:59pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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