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The Boson Bet

 

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A: The discovery was like dropping the last piece of the puzzle into physics at the scale of the Higgs and all other bosons (and fermions, but we won't go into that). The observations establish that physics up to that point is, indeed, correct. The part that Gordy is keen on is that that knowledge lets them go forward into more detailed understanding of existence.

Q: What's it like to know Stephen Hawking?

A: I'm glad you asked. I've been wanting to tell everyone. To be in the same room with Stephen is to feel what "sacred" must mean. I can't tell it, really. You feel it. There is overwhelming peace and love in that room. Stephen's love of life that has sustained him past possibility is more mysterious than Higgs bosons, which are susceptible to examination by huge machines. There is no mathematics that's going to explain how this exquisite person can endure every discomfort, every limitation, every frustration and still laugh happily, insist on living, and mirthfully make bets.    (end of article)

[Originally published in September, 2012.]

 

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