July 04, 2012

The Goddamn Particle

John Horgan writes about the-opposite-of-earth-shattering discovery this week in If You Want More Higgs Hype Don't Read This Column:
Kaku asserted that finding the Higgs “is not enough. What is needed is a genuine theory of everything, which can simply and beautifully unify all the forces of the universe into a single coherent whole—a goal sought by Einstein for the last 30 years of his life.” He insisted that we are at “the beginning, not the end of physics. The adventure continues.” Maybe. But I’m not hopeful. Whether or not physicists find the Goddamn Particle, the quest for unification, which has given physics its glitter over the past half century, looks increasingly like a dead end.

3 Comments:

Blogger Viceroy De Los Osos said...

It is hard to get so worked up about a particle, especially you have to pretty much take it on faith that physists know what they are talking about. I guess my feeling is there will always be something behind the curtain to speculate about. We're good at that.

Instead I give you the Flapjack Devilfish

July 4, 2012 at 3:12 PM  
Blogger The Other Front said...

How can you disrespect a particle presented using Comic Sans?

July 5, 2012 at 1:46 PM  
Blogger Laird of Madrona said...

I'm outraged by the plague of phony outrage over Comic Sans.

July 6, 2012 at 7:26 AM  

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