new photo blog

i started this blog in 2006, and it's shifted along with my interests through the years. it's been witness to a lot of learning for me...

still, i feel that i need a home for my photography -- so from now on, i'll be posting my pictures on the journal on my reworked website. if you like my photos, you might decide to follow me there!

my first post is here -- check it out!

as for this blog, i'm not sure what will happen. i don't think i'm willing to let it go, and certainly i'll keep it as an archive, but i need some time to figure it out.

for those of you that pop in from time to time, thanks for the visits and encouragement.

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

the hunting of the higgs

by laurence krauss on the RDFRS...

'on the eve of the rumoured announcement from geneva, we are proud to have commissioned this special article explaining why it is potentially so important, from lawrence krauss.

there has been a lot of news lately about the possible discovery at the large hadron collider of the long awaited higgs boson, but at the same time there has been a lot of confusion about what it is, why we have had to work hard to find it, and why we should care. here’s why.
first, the short answer:

if the higgs is discovered, it will represent perhaps one of the greatest triumphs of the human intellect in recent memory, vindicating 50 years of the building of one of the greatest theoretical edifices in all of science, and requiring the building of the most complicated machine that has ever been built. that’s the good news. but if the higgs is all that is found at the lhc, it will mean that the other crucial empirical guidance that physicists now need to try and understand truly fundamental questions about our existence—from understanding whether all four forces in nature are unified in some grand theory, to determining what may have caused the big bang—will still be absent. answering these questions may be beyond our technical and financial capabilities in this generation.'

the long answer: read on...

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