We’re being bamboozled by the physics establishment and the media
The physics establishment and the media are telling us the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has “re-started scientific investigations after a two-year pause”.
But we need to ask: “Is this science?”
It may be hard for us to believe that everything we’re being told about particle physics today is nonsense, but, when we look into the subject, and we think about it, it appears we are, in fact, being bamboozled by the physics establishment and the media…
The Higgs Fake: How Particle Physicists Fooled the Nobel Committee
“Does Last Year’s Nobel Prize In Physics Make Einstein Turn In His Grave? The Higgs Fake – How Particle Physicists Fooled the Nobel Committee is a merciless critique of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN and of the theoretical model on which the world’s most expensive experiment is based. Unzicker, a German physicist and award-winning science writer, argues that the reaction of the Swedish Academy to last year’s discovery appears to be a result of being beguiled by CERN’s attempts to justify the billions of dollars of public money being spent. The book starts off by claiming that the greatest physicists such as Einstein, Dirac, and Schrödinger would have considered the “discovery” of the Higgs particle ridiculous…”
BOOK – The Higgs Fake: How Particle Physicists Fooled the Nobel Committee, by Alexander Unzicker – http://www.amazon.com/The-Higgs-Fake-Physicist…/…/1492176249
“Widely regarded as a classic in its field, Constructing Quarks recounts the history of the post-war conceptual development of elementary-particle physics. Inviting a reappraisal of the status of scientific knowledge, Andrew Pickering suggests that scientists are not mere passive observers and reporters of nature. Rather they are social beings as well as active constructors of natural phenomena who engage in both experimental and theoretical practice.”
BOOK – Constructing Quarks: A Sociological History of Particle Physics, by Andrew Pickering – http://www.amazon.com/Constructing-Quarks-Sociological-History-Particle/dp/0226667995
The Structure of Scientific Revolutions
“The Structure of Scientific Revolutions is a 1962 book about the history of science by philosopher Thomas S. Kuhn. Its publication was a landmark event in the history, philosophy, and sociology of scientific knowledge and triggered an ongoing worldwide assessment and reaction in—and beyond—those scholarly communities. Kuhn challenged the then prevailing view of progress in “normal science.” Normal scientific progress was viewed as “development-by-accumulation” of accepted facts and theories. Kuhn argued for an episodic model in which periods of such conceptual continuity in normal science were interrupted by periods of revolutionary science. The discovery of “anomalies” during revolutions in science leads to new paradigms. New paradigms then ask new questions of old data, move beyond the mere “puzzle-solving” of the previous paradigm, change the rules of the game and the “map” directing new research…”
Continue reading: The Structure of Scientific Revolutions – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Structure_of_Scientific_Revolutions
BOOK – The Structure of Scientific Revolutions – http://www.amazon.com/Structure-Scientific-Revolutions-Thomas-Kuhn/dp/0226458083
BBC News – Large Hadron Collider turns on ‘data tap’
“The Large Hadron Collider has re-started scientific investigations after a two-year pause.
Scientists are waiting for the first new data to begin flowing from the underground particle smasher, paving the way to a new era in physics.
“On Wednesday, the vast machine clattered proton beams together at much higher energies than were achieved during its first run in 2010-2013.
“This should allow physicists to hunt for signs of new scientific phenomena…”
Continue reading: BBC News – Large Hadron Collider turns on ‘data tap’ – http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-32976838