Russell Brunelle (russellb) wrote,
Russell Brunelle

In case you're still awake at 5am PST on Tuesday

At 5am tomorrow morning CERN will make a public announcement concerning its search for the Higgs boson via the Large Hadron Collider, which will be webcast via this link. Speculation is rampant right now that CERN actually observed the Higgs boson.

The reason this matters is that the Higgs boson is the last unobserved elementary particle predicted by the Standard Model of particle physics, which as it stands is the only validated model of particle physics model that we have. So, if this particle was actually discovered at CERN, then even though we don't have the whole picture (and in particular we still wouldn't have one validated model that also handles gravity), we'll at least know we're more or less on target with our standalone theory for the rest.

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