The Infinite Multiverse And Monkeys Typing Pi

Two years ago, I expressed my doubts about the existence of a multiverse (or at least it's portrayal...

The Mystery Of The Newly-Discovered Einstein Manuscript: Why Did He Come Back To Lambda?

We all know the story of Albert Einstein’s “cosmological constant,” or lambda, which...

The Multiverse

Alan Guth, the discoverer of cosmic inflation, gave a talk at MIT on November 1, which convinced...

The Buddha, Topoi, And Quantum Gravity

Anything is either true,Or not true,Or both true and not true,Or neither true nor not true;This...

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Amir D. Aczel, Ph.D., studied mathematics and physics at the University of California at Berkeley and also holds a doctorate in mathematical statistics. He is the author of the international bestseller... Read More »


The Higgs boson, whose discovery was confirmed by CERN on July 4th to the exacting 5-sigma level required in particle physics (meaning that the probability that the bulge in the data indicating a particle with mass-energy in the range of ~125 GeV is a random fluke is less than 1 in 3.5 million), is the first and only boson to be predicted to be a very bad ballerina--it can't twirl around! 

When CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, near Geneva, Switzerland, announced the discovery of the elusive Higgs boson on July 4th this year--the result of years of running of the Large Hadron Collider, the biggest, most expensive, most powerful, and coldest (liquid helium cooled, colder than outer space) machine ever built--it marked a tremendous triumph of experimental physics. A boson (an integer-spin particle, usually associated with conveying a force of nature), and the last undiscovered one, needed to complete the extremely successful Standard Model of particle physics, had finally been found!