Oh God! Why Higgs-boson and not Bose-Higgson?

05 Jul,2012

Ranjona Banerji

By Ranjona Banerji


The main question in the discovery of a Higgs-boson particle at the CERN in Geneva is simple: How many Indians were involved? This is the conundrum that has enthralled and mystified many as the search began for this sub-atomic particle that explains how matter got mass.


It has been well known for years that no discovery by the human race is of any significance unless Indians are somehow involved. In the case of Higgs-boson, this Indian connection is even more significant: it is also called “the god particle” and the world knows that India has first dibs on anything connected with god. Or even better, gods.


The Higgs-boson god we will soon be told is described in detail in the ancient Indian scriptures. But there are other Indians involved too. Some worked at CERN or were seconded there. Then there’s that “boson” part of the Higgs name. That’s Satyendra Bose who worked with Albert Einstein and postulated the existence of sub-atomic particles in the 1920s.


An international inquiry will now be held to find out why the particle is not called “Deva” particle and equally important, why it is not called Bose-higgson. Peter Higgs after all wrote his academic paper in 1964. I don’t know much mathematics but even I can guess that the 1920s is many years before 1964.


The Indian media must now investigate this international conspiracy to demean India: this is almost as important as why McDonalds used beef fat to fry its French fries, even if the fast-food chain started in a country where cows are not holy and often used as food. Indians make up one-sixth of the world’s population most of which are Hindus and that has to count for something (80 per cent of 1.2 billion).


Some in the media last night were very worried that the world famous scientific research institute which has been at the forefront of global work in quantum physics, the Indian Institute of Technology, was not involved in the Light Hadron Collider at CERN, Geneva, Switzerland. Subramaniam Swamy can file a PIL on this and at the same time, find out how much money from Swiss banks was used in this experiment.


I might venture to point out to the media that there is a significant difference between science and technology, but I fear for my life. It explains why Steve Jobs was credited with inventing the computer after he died and Alan Turing’s birth anniversary only noticed by Google.


Of course, few really understand this sub-atomic mass matter stuff, so we need to find a suitable person sorry I mean Indian to explain it all. How about Raj Koothrapalli from the Big Bang Theory? He’s the only famous Indian astrophysicist I can think of.


Incidentally, in one of the early runs of the Light Hadron Collider, the experiment failed because of some faulty wiring. Anyone think an Indian was involved?


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One response to “Oh God! Why Higgs-boson and not Bose-Higgson?”

  1. Nanda Ravi says:

    I watched the whole thing unfold. It looks like we are just living in the now and don’t care about contributions our Scientists made in the past.

    There is not enough interest or drive in general public about all this(Very few even talking about this whole thing, no wonder they are not talking about Shri. Bose, many don’t even know or have a clue about Boson).

    On social networks we are very active sharing inspiring pictures of friends with good quotes and that’s it for now.

    We are happy that we shared a nice quote and our social responsibility is fulfilled! what a wonderful idea and perspective we have on life!

    Totally unaware of anything beyond our line of work and sharing inspiring quotes we know nothing at large.

    We are still proud of our culture and feel good about it because of the few who explore and think beyond.

    We are very disconnected being connected via the internet.

    We use internet mainly to share Masala news, Gossips, download pirated movies etc. mainly useless stuff. Finally no clue about what’s happening around.

    We can be better and thanks for the article.

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