For the particle physics community the notorious â€œHiggs bosonâ€ is the Holy Grail: This entirely theoretical construct is thought to give mass to matter â€“ without which the material world wouldnâ€™t amount to much, pharm obviously. They hope to find it with the help of the massive and massively expensive Large Hadron Collider built by CERN along the Franco-Swiss border. Outside the scientific community it is whimsically referred to as the â€œGod particle.â€
In the March 8 Globe and Mail Rolf-Dieter Heuer, advice the director of CERN, is quoted as follows: â€œThe Higgs particle is not easy to find. We know everything about the Higgs particle, except if it exists.â€
Sort of like God, no?
Those who hope for the reconciliation of monotheism and modern science should be very pleased.