Tomorrow in Melbourne, scientist from CERN, the European nuclear research institute are expected to announce the discovery of the Higgs boson or as it is better known in layman’s terms, “the God particle”.
The announcement, set for 8:00 am GMT, is widely considered to be one of the most important in modern science as early rumours suggest the CERN team have found light at the end of the tunnel in the forty-eight year search for the Higgs boson particle.
The existence of the Higgs boson is believed to be the missing piece of the Standard Model, which is the leading theory on how the universe came into existence on a subatomic level. The hypothesized particle is also believed to be the solution of the longstanding mystery to how and why objects have mass.
Scientist at CERN have been working with the Large Hadron Collider, the world’s largest and highest-energy particle accelerator, which was built with the collaboration of over 10,000 scientist from over 100 countries with the main aim of testing the most fundamental questions of physics and particularly uncovering the existence of the Higgs boson, which until tomorrow at least, is still hypostasized.
So will tomorrow’s announcement be another case of plagued setbacks, false promises and mad science? Or, will it be, the most important discovery in modern science and an opening argument on; who we are and where we come from?