CERN recently announced encouraging data for the discovery of the Higgs boson. As I’m sure everyone here is excessively educated in quantum physics, I was hoping to hear any thoughts on the progress at CERN. Is this a tentative lead towards a “something from nothing” (a Higgs boson endows mass to particles) argument that plagues existence and powers creationists? Are you excited about the potential for a unifying theory in the quantum world and what implications do you see it having when spilling over into the macro, scientific, and philosophical worlds? Is CERN a waste of billions of dollars? Should it be spelled ECNR instead?
But matter is only a tiny fraction of the universe, isn’t it? so…
To my uneducated mind, ‘dark’ matter, and especially ‘dark’ energy are the really fascinating areas of research.