Nunc Dimittis

Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace : according to thy word.For mine eyes have seen : thy salvation,Which thou hast prepared : before the face of all people;To be a light to lighten the Gentiles : and to be the glory of thy people Israel.

I spent a long period of my life in a very close relationship with the flighty Higgs boson, a relationship which I never really consummated. However today CERN announced that a new particle had been found consistent with the Higgs.

This is amazing, a historic moment in  physics.  Not just for physics but a time for humanity to be proud of itself. Thousands of the most brilliant minds from every region of the world, representing every political system, most religious tendencies, got together over a period of 30 years to harmoniously design, procure, construct, thousands of complex elements. They brought them all to CERN with immense difficulty. They screwed them together and it all worked! We have never done anything so majestic before. If you are looking for evidence that there is goodness and genius in humankind, look no further than particle physics labs.

125.3 Gev plus or minus 0.6

I watched the presentations live from CERN in an auditorium in Okinawa. It was very emotional. Dampness in the eyes watching Fabiola perform so authoritatively; spotting elderly folks in the crowd who are my close friends and former colleagues; not recognizing anyone under the age of 40.


Let’s hear it for everyone at CERN and the worldwide particle physics community!

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3 Responses to Nunc Dimittis

  1. Alexander McGillivray says:

    But what does this BRING to the world…besides butter?

  2. Mike Taylor says:

    A couple of days before this great event I began watching the old BCC TV series “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” the Alec Guiness version) and noticed just last night that the music accompanying the closing credits is er, Nunc Dimittis, an air I’d never rally noticed before until you mentioned it. Weird, very weird.

  3. Ian Calder says:

    Marvellous news – but a bit tricky for the Nobel folk maybe?

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