Scientists always want to be wrong in their theories. They always want to be surprised.
It’s a bittersweet victory when your theory turns out to be right, because it means, on the one hand, you’re right, that’s nice, but on the other hand, you haven’t learned anything new that’s surprising.
Said Dr. Sean Carroll, physicist at the California Institute of Technology who isn’t involved in the project, commenting on that new results from CERN indicate that the particle discovered in July is a Higgs boson. Complete story by Associate Press.
As a colleague remarked to me recently: ‘It is when experiments go wrong that we find things out.’