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Stephen Hawking Finds Physics 'More Interesting' Without Higgs Boson

The genius physicist, Stephen Hawking declared that the science of physics would have been in a better-off state without the discovery of the Higgs boson particle. According to the wheelchair-bound visionary, the field would have been a more interesting deal without the discovery which put things in perspective.

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Stephen Hawking Finds Physics 'More Interesting' Without Higgs Boson

The statement may have seemed odd at first but it made sense at a deeper level. Stephen Hawking spoke of how the revolutionary discovery of the Higgs boson had derailed the process of exploration and quelled scientific curiosity. He said that physics would have been a more interesting science without this finding which had a dampening effect on the spirit of probing into the mysteries of Nature. 

The theoretical groundwork for the Higgs boson was laid in the 1960s. Had it not been discovered recently, the scientists would have had to start their speculations from the beginning. It would have been a journey of sorts. But with the discovery putting the final piece in the jigsaw puzzle, all efforts had come to a halt. 

The physicists Peter Higgs and Francois Englert got the Nobel Prize for the discovery some time back. Stephen Hawking meanwhile had made a $100 bet with Gordon Kane of Michigan University that the particle would not be found. He lost the bet. 

Stephen Hawking said, "Physics would be far more interesting if it had not been found. A few weeks ago, Peter Higgs and François Englert shared the Nobel prize for their work on the boson and they richly deserved it. Congratulations to them both. But the discovery of the new particle came at a personal cost. I had a bet with Gordon Kane of Michigan University that the Higgs particle wouldn't be found. The Nobel prize cost me $100."

However, what Stephen Hawking was actually trying to say was that now that the particle had been discovered, it was time to move on to some of the other mysteries of the universe. The Higgs boson was not to be made a fetish so that scientists could rest on their laurels. Rather it should give further impetus to researchers to go into M-theory thereby uniting the four fundamental forces of the universe.

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