Wednesday, 30 April 2008

Other's attempts to understand

In 1993 William Waldegrave put a challenge out to the scientific faction in parliament. Whosoever could explain the concept of the Higgs Boson particle (God Particle) on one side of A4 would win a bottle of champagne.
The winner described Margaret Thatcher wondering through a cocktail party, her hangers-on sticking to her like treacle.
This is hardly new thinking but, it's barely concealed plagiarism earned the illustrator his bottle.
The origin is an identical parallel without the sycophancy, attributed to Higgs himself and readable at the excellent Origins website.

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