The Higgs fever caught on with the media, social networking sites and physicists across the world this week. A dear friend Archana Sharma, staff physicist at CERN, was bubbling with obvious excitement. Will they, won’t they announce the big thing? And then the couched announcement of having sighted glimpses of Higgs boson sent the internet viral. She wrote a piece for Nature India soon after the announcement which emphasised that scientists still need more data to say “Eureka”.
Archana sent in some key points from the CERN announcement which I thought would be a delight for physicists. I reproduce them here, courtesy her. You might have to strain a little to read them but they certainly give you an idea of the sense of thrill CERN physicists were feeling tonight.