New Delhi: There was jubilation in Geneva, home to the largest, most expensive experiment in history. International scientists were searching for a tiny subatomic particle, first suggested by Peter Higgs, and after half a century, they found the Higgs Boson or the God particle.
"I never thought it would be found in my lifetime," said Peter Higgs expressing his happiness.
While other building blocks of atoms like electrons, protons and neutrons were found decades ago, nobody could find the Higgs Boson. That made physicists wonder if their explanations of the world around us, were accurate. Especially because the Higgs Boson gives mass to all matter.
"If it wasn't there, there would be no planet, no solar system, you and me wouldn't be here," said Prof R K Shivpuri, principal investigator, CMS Experiment, Delhi University.
As much as 50 years after the Higgs Boson theory was first suggested, 30 years after the world's largest experiment was dreamed up, and four years after it started work, scientists have finally found, what looks like the Higgs Boson. But strangely, they say their work has just begun. There will be more experiments to investigate dark matter and the existence of parallel universes.
CERN has always been controversial. It re-creates energies from the BIG BANG that birthed our universe, so many feared it could destroy our planet. But now that the Higgs Boson, also called the God particle, has been found, many wonder if it's a final victory for science over religion. Scientists disagree.
"If you say we've found the God particle and hence we know what God knows, one could ask. Who created the God particle?" said Prof Md Naimuddin, Assistant Professor, Delhi University.
When Nobel winner Leon Lederman wrote a book on the Higgs Boson, he actually called it the God-damn particle, because it was so hard to find. It was his publisher who named it the God particle. Scientists say we understand only four per cent of our known universe, and 96 per cent is still a mystery to us. If we want to play God, we have a long way to go.