The discovery of the higgs boson is a huge step forward to understanding the origins of the universe, but for Stephen Hawking, it means that he’s out $100.
The famous theoretical physicist made a $100 bet with Gordon Kane that the higgs boson would never be found.
“I had a bet with Gordon Kane of Michigan University that the Higgs particle wouldn’t be found. It seems I have just lost 100 dollars.”
But that doesn’t mean that Hawking is upset about the discovery. In fact, the famous physicist said that the CERN scientists who discovered the infamous “God Particle,” as well as Peter Higgs, the physicist who theorized about the higgs boson a half century ago, should be given the Nobel prize.
“The results at Fermi lab in America, at CERN in Switzerland, strongly suggest that we have found the Higgs particle, the particle that gives mass to other particles…. If this particle operates as we expect it will be strong evidence for the so-called standard model of particle physics, the theory that explains all of our experiments so far. It is an important result and should earn Peter Higgs the Nobel prize. But it is a pity in a way, because the great advances in physics have come from experiments that gave results we didn’t expect.”
Here’s the video of Stephen Hawking talking about the discovery of the higgs boson. (Wait until the end of the video to see Hawking’s expression at losing $100. Priceless.)