Stephen Hawking Disappointed After Higgs Boson 'God Particle' Found

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Tuesday, 19 Nov 2013 03:28 PM

By Clyde Hughes

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One of the world's preeminent physicists, Stephen Hawking, said last week at a science conference that it was disappointing finding the Higgs boson "God particle."

Hawking, 71, made the comments at London’s Science Museum celebration of its new its new Large Hadron Collider exhibition.

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"Physics would be far more interesting if it had not been found," Hawking said, according to The Guardian, revealing a more personal reason for his feeling as well. "A few weeks ago, Peter Higgs and Francois Englert shared the Nobel prize for their work on the boson and they richly deserved it.

"But the discovery of the new particle came at a personal cost. I had a bet with Gordon Kane of Michigan University that the Higgs particle wouldn't be found. The Nobel prize cost me $100," Hawking continued.

Scientists have described the Higgs boson particle as the "missing piece" that explains how parts of the universe that we understand interact and bind with one another.

Scientists say that without it, particles would zip around the cosmos, unable to bind together to form the atoms that make stars and planets and life.

Hawking said at the event that he hoped the Large Hadron Collider could allow scientists to move to other theories that explains the nature of the universe and find first evidence for the M-theory.

The M-theory was developed by Hawking and other physicists contending it is possible for a universe or multiple universes to pop into being from nothing.

The M-theory unites gravity with quantum mechanics, which controls the behavior of atoms and smaller particles.

"There is still hope that we see the first evidence for M-theory at the LHC particle accelerator in Geneva," Hawking said last week, according to the Guardian. "From an M-theory perspective, the collider only probes low energies, but we might be lucky and see a weaker signal of fundamental theory, such as supersymmetry.

"I think the discovery of supersymmetric partners for the known particles would revolutionize our understanding of the universe," Hawking added.

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