1 October 2013 Higgs Boson: God particle or Divine comedy?
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While particle physicists around the world rejoice the announcement of discovery of Higgs particle as a momentous event, it is also an opportune moment to assess the physicists' conception of nature. Particle theorists, in their ingenious efforts to unravel mysteries of the physical universe at a very fundamental level, resort to macroscopic many body theoretical methods of solid state physicists. Their efforts render the universe a superconductor of correlated quasi-particle pairs. Experimentalists, devoted to ascertain the elementary constituents and symmetries, depend heavily on numerical simulations based on those models and conform to theoretical slang in planning and interpretation of measurements . It is to the extent that the boundaries between theory/modeling and experiment are blurred. Is it possible that they are meandering in Dante's Inferno?
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Chary Rangacharyulu, "Higgs Boson: God particle or Divine comedy?", Proc. SPIE 8832, The Nature of Light: What are Photons? V, 88321C (1 October 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2027833; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2027833
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