David Hogg sends in this bizarre bit of news reporting by Robert Evans:
Until now, in the four decades since it was first posited, no one has convincingly claimed to have glimpsed the Higgs Boson, let alone proved that it actually exists.
At an eagerly awaited briefing on Tuesday at the CERN research centre near Geneva, two independent teams of “Higgs Hunters” – a term they themselves hate – were widely expected to suggest they were fairly confident they had spotted it.
But not confident enough, in the physics world of ultra-precision where certainty has to be measured at nothing less than 100 percent, to announce “a discovery.”
In the jargon, this level is described as 5 sigma . . .
So far, so good. But then comes this doozy:
As one scientist explained, that level of accuracy would equate to the 17th-century discoverer of gravity, Isaac Newton, sitting under his apple tree and a million apples one after another falling on his head without one missing.
Huh? A free Higgs boson to the first person who can come up with a plausible theory of what this “one scientist” could possibly have been thinking.