This week I bought the New Scientist magazine for probably the first time in 15 years or so. My cutting-edge scientific knowledge (if it ever was so) is now about 30 years out of date. But I wanted a little more details about the Higgs Boson. This is what I discovered. Non-scientists please do not jump off the blog here!
You can’t actually detect the Higgs Boson, but it falls apart, and you can detect the debris. The scientist have been analysing the waste from the experiment in this way time and time again.
Up until now the scientist have had an Identikit Picture of the Higgs, which predicts the trail it should leave.
Now, what they have found is a similar pattern of debris every time they run the collisions. So there is something there, that has been discovered, and it bears a resemblance to the Indentikit Picture.
But this is the thing. The scientists are very excited indeed. But not because the debris is exactly what they expected. It isn’t. It is similar, but the Taus seem to be missing! Yahoo!!
Why get so excited about it not coming out as expected?
Simples. There is so much to learn. The Higgs Boson was a brilliant guess at what might be there, but that is all. Now, the people in white coats have a lot of data to do a much better picture, see what features they got badly wrong, and see what that tells them about their theories. In fact, it might mean they have to go back to the drawing board. Are they despondent? No chance! Bring it on!
Likewise, don’t try and squeeze God into the box you think he lives in. He is real and fantastically mysterious. Open your eyes to what is around and what He is doing in your life, let the Holy Spirit, from the ‘debris,’ draw you in to a better and better understanding of the life He lives in and around you.