And now, for a moment of quantum journalism: Professor Snarky Pants offers a comment/non-comment on the discovery/non-discovery of the Higgs boson

by Tom Yulsman

Concerning this morning’s New York Times article on CERN’s Higgs boson announcement:

The newly discovered particle may be the Higgs boson. It looks for all the world like the Higgs boson. It is for sure a “Higgs-like” particle. Its discovery is an historic “milestone.” It may be one of the biggest observations since the discovery of the quark. Or maybe not. The director general of CERN says he will “stick his neck out” and say that this is a “discovery.” Of something very very important. Maybe. Possibly. Time may tell.

This is a culturally quantized event. A discovery/non-discovery existing simultaneously. I’m just wondering why the press conference didn’t collapse the discovery/non-discovery wave function to yield one or the other.”

Tom Yulsman is an associate professor at the University of Colorado’s School of Journalism & Mass Communication and co-director of the Center for Environmental Journalism. Professor Yulsman is also also affiliated with CU’s Environmental Studies Program.