Saturday, March 6, 2010

575)Higg's And His Particle, The One Postulated To Bestow The Property Of Mass On All Other Elementary Particles In Nature, Prove Elusive

"One hour of contemplation on the works of the Creator is better than a thousand hours of prayer"(Prophet Muhammad, circa 632CE)

"Science is a wonderful, powerful tool and research budgets are essential. But Science is only the beginning in the new age we are entering. Islam does not perceive the world as two seperate domains of mind and spirit, science and belief. Science and the search for knowledge are an expression of man's designated role in the universe, but they do not define that role totally....."(Aga Khan IV, McMaster University Convocation, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, May 15th 1987)

"An institution dedicated to proceeding beyond known limits must be committed to independent thinking. In a university scholars engage both orthodox and unorthodox ideas, seeking truth and understanding wherever they may be found. That process is often facilitated by an independent governance structure, which serves to ensure that the university adheres to its fundamental mission and is not pressured to compromise its work for short-term advantage. For a Muslim university it is appropriate to see learning and knowledge as a continuing acknowledgement of Allah's magnificence"(Aga Khan IV, Speech, 1993, Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan)

"In Shia Islam, intellect is a key component of faith. Intellect allows us to understand the creation of God"(Aga Khan IV, July 23rd 2008, Lisbon, Portugal)

Higgs and his particle prove elusive

By Ron Cowen

Monday, February 15th, 2010

It somehow seemed fitting that the eminent physicist Peter Higgs was a no-show at a meeting of the American Physical Society, proving just as elusive as the long-sought elementary particle that bears his name.

Quite understandably, Higgs, now 80 and one of six winners of this year's J.J. Sakurai Prize for Theoretical Particle Physics, declined to venture from England to snowy Washington to give a talk on his work.

Higgs first proposed in 1964 the existence of a subatomic particle, later dubbed the Higgs, that could explain why the known elementary particles have mass. Theorists believe that all particles were massless when the universe was born but acquired mass a fraction of a second later after interacting with a theoretical field known as the Higgs field.

Ever since, physicists have been looking for the particle that generates the Higgs field. Most scientists have pinned their hopes on the Large Hadron Collider, the giant atom smasher in Geneva that is scheduled to resume regular collisions after more than a year's delay due to faulty electrical connections. That's the good news. But to avoid the risk of further electrical problems, researchers at CERN, the consortium that operates the collider, recently announced the accelerator would operate at only half its maximum power until 2013. That could seriously delay exploration of some of the highest energy particles the Large Hadron Collider can produce, including the proposed Higgs.

Although studies at Fermilab's Tevatron have narrowed the range of masses that the Higgs can have — two new Tevatron papers on the Higgs were posted here and here at the Physical Review Letters website on February 12 — the final word is still most likely to come from the Large Hadron Collider. And for that, scientists will have to wait awhile.

If the Higgs particle is found, Peter Higgs and his collaborators will likely garner another award—the Nobel Prize—in addition to the Sakurai.


Powerful Large Hadron Collider Set To Smash Protons To Uncover The Tiniest Particles Of Matter And Creation;Quotes Of Aga Khan IV And Aga Khan III

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In Shia Islam, intellect is a key component of faith. Intellect allows us to understand the creation of God: Aga Khan IV(2008)The Qur'an itself repeatedly recommends Muslims to become better educated in order better to understand God's creation: Aga Khan IV(2007)
The Quran tells us that signs of Allah's Sovereignty are found in the contemplation of His Creation: Aga Khan IV(2007)
This notion of the capacity of the human intellect to understand and to admire the creation of Allah will bring you happiness in your everyday lives: Aga Khan IV(2007)
Islam, eminently logical, placing the greatest emphasis on knowledge, purports to understand God's creation: Aga Khan IV(2006)
The Holy Qu'ran's encouragement to study nature and the physical world around us gave the original impetus to scientific enquiry among Muslims: Aga Khan IV(1985)
The first and only thing created by God was the Intellect(Aql): Prophet Muhammad(circa 632CE)