2 Higgs boson scientists tipped for Nobel Prize

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Peter Higgs, after whom the Higgs boson particle was named, and Francois Englert are likely candidates to win this year's Nobel Prize in physics, Reuters predicts.

Two scientists who predicted the existence of the Higgs boson — the mysterious particle that explains why elementary matter has mass — are Thomson Reuters' top tips to win this year's Nobel Prize in physics.

Recognition for a discovery that made headlines worldwide will come as no surprise, but deciding who deserves the glory is a tricky matter for the prize committee, which will announce its winner or winners on Oct. 8.

The will of Alfred Nobel limits the prize to a maximum of three people. Yet, six scientists published relevant papers in 1964, and thousands more have worked to detect the Higgs at the CERN research center's giant particle-smasher near Geneva.

Written By: Ben Hirschler
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    • :) I do not understand the joke. Never heard of a Fred Boson.

      But there is some truth to what you said. Most people wouldn’t know Sathyendranath Bose of Bosons while most would know of Enrico Fermi of Fermions. Such ethnocentrism still prevails in the world.
      In reply to #1 by McCourt:

      It’s no fair…. you always hear about Peter Higgs, but poor old Fred Boson never gets a mention.

      • In reply to #2 by soulreaver:

        :) I do not understand the joke. Never heard of a Fred Boson.

        But there is some truth to what you said. Most people wouldn’t know Sathyendranath Bose of Bosons while most would know of Enrico Fermi of Fermions. Such ethnocentrism still prevails in the world.
        In reply to #1 by McCourt:

        Thanks so much for that. I’d never heard of him, an amazing guy who did so much, has a famous particle named after him but no one knows. In fact Fred Boson is someone I’d like to know more about too, what happened to him after this reference? http://www.ancestry.com/1940-census/usa/Alabama/Fred-Boson_291xrp
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        It’s no fair…

      • In reply to #2 by soulreaver:

        :) I do not understand the joke. Never heard of a Fred Boson.

        But there is some truth to what you said. Most people wouldn’t know Sathyendranath Bose of Bosons while most would know of Enrico Fermi of Fermions. Such ethnocentrism still prevails in the world.

        While a Nobel prize seems to have been an omission, Mr. Bose has had his name immortalized in the particle named after him. And received top billing, his name preceding that of the greatest icon of physics (the man who championed him), more than once e.g. Bose-Einstein condensate, Bose-Einstein Statistics and Bose-Einstein correlations.

  1. Apropos of nothing. What a lovely face he has. White bushy Santa Clause eyebrows, and he wears a hearing aid! I find that so touching. I bet he’s got grandchildren, too.

    Thank you. You may resume the intellectual discussion now.

    • In reply to #4 by justinesaracen:

      Apropos of nothing. What a lovely face he has. White bushy Santa Clause eyebrows, and he wears a hearing aid! I find that so touching. I bet he’s got grandchildren, too.

      Thank you. You may resume the intellectual discussion now.

      He reminds me of the actor John Houseman http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Houseman who was in the film and TV series Paperchase which I used to love. Someone recently told me that quite spookily there was a bosun Higgs in the TV series ‘Captain Pugwash’ but that turned out to be another urban myth about that show.
      I hope that’s sufficiently intellectual.

  2. A thought experiment I would like to present to a theologian: If there was a Nobel Prize in theology (Yeah, I know. It’s hilarious. OK, calm down now, no reason to laugh that much.), what kind of discoveries would deserve the prize? What major breakthrough in the field of theology should deserve the prize in 2013?

    • In reply to #7 by Aztek:

      A thought experiment I would like to present to a theologian: If there was a Nobel Prize in theology (Yeah, I know. It’s hilarious. OK, calm down now, no reason to laugh that much.), what kind of discoveries would deserve the prize? What major breakthrough in the field of theology should deserve the…

      I would say a theory positing the existence of a specific godlike entity along with a method to gather scientific evidence for it followed by a successful conclusion.

      Despite what the religious will try to tell you, religious claims are not beyond the remit of science. They just want to cling to that because every properly conducted investigation has turned up a resounding blank. Makes them feel better to lie to themselves that science can’t go there – when it absolutely can but it’s always come back with empty hands and a shake of the head.

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