Maybe it was the $100 dollar bet that Stephen Hawkings made regarding the inability of CERN to find the elusive particle seen as “a holy grail of cosmic science”, after the LHC was turned on. Or maybe it was the exhausting hours by the CERN team preparing for the LHC project over many years. Or maybe it is just plain competiveness between two old Nobel physicists. But stupidity has been brought to a whole new level in the scientific field recently.
Call me old-fashioned, but for no reason should two high-level intelligent physicists act like two old men at a corner bar on a fool-moon night in a “he said-no–I said” fight over something not even known yet while still in its infancy stages. It’s an embarrassment to the scientific community—regardless of how “cute” the media thinks it is and will make millions of this “cuteness”, lathering up the public with every article about it.
More light is shed on the little tiff made big, regarding the accusation made by Higgs about the work of Stephen Hawkings “not being good enough”, helping us better understand the search for the “God particle” by the “God physicists” who work at CERN, seemingly excluding the lesser physicists who do not work there. But wait! Phys.Org had another opinion in 2006 when Hawkings visited CERN:
“Prof. Hawking was visiting the Theory Unit of the Physics Department at CERN. The Theory Unit welcomes about 400 visiting physicists per year, who come together to debate and discuss their ideas. As a key figure in the field of theoretical cosmology, Prof. Hawking’s visit reinforces the exciting anticipation of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), due to start up in 2007, and the importance of CERN as a central meeting place for the best minds in physics.”
Obviously not detrimental to the CERN project, when Professor Hawkings visited the project and lent his name to the project, showing support for it was good enough for Professor at that time. And the other day when the complex scientific experiment was turned on to accelerate sub-atomic particles to nearly the speed of light before smashing them together, nothing negative came out of astrophysicist Stephen Hawking’s mouth except this statement to BBC, “”The LHC will increase the energy at which we can study particle interactions by a factor of four. According to present thinking, this should be enough to discover the Higgs particle.” You will notice he referred to the fact “we can study….”, not “they can study.”
But somewhere along the line the right remark was not made to the right person, as now we have two used-to-be intelligent men acting like two twenty-year olds fighting over the drop of a hat—or in this sense—a drop of a word or two. The bet of $100 shows that Stephen Hawkings feels the “god particle” cannot be found, at least in the sense they desire it will be–or he feels the spindly $100 bet will spur someone on. That is his opinion, and he has that right. Professor Higgs has his, and he has that right. After all, look at all the time involved and money spent. The field of science has absolutely NEVER been based on a group of scientists agreeing on anything; that is how the field has grown and new things have become discovered over them.
And now there is a fight because two renowned physicists disagree? Come on, people. This has to be one of the stupidest things I have even shamefully seen coming out of this area of work. Attacks have been leveled against Hawkings’ theories for a long time, and it just rolls of his back while those doing the leveling seem to come out of it a little smarter with some new break-through theories. Nothing the matter with it. Why is it that CERN and Higgs feels they are exempt from criticism or excludes other physicists from having their onw opinion when it is in disagreement with that of CERN—to the point upon which anger, words, and the media becomes involved. I guess I feel these individuals as Nobel men should know better, but I guess I was wrong.