Cracking the Particle Code of the Universe: The Hunt for the Higgs Boson

Cracking the Particle Code of the Universe - John W. Moffat Moffat appears to be strangely obsessed with Nobel prizes and CERN funding - perhaps in his skepticism of the Higgs discovery he is suggesting that a continued awards on both these fronts is likely to be dependent on a positive result of the LHC experimental data.

While this may seem to be a bit of sour grapes, Moffat does point out many problems with the standard model because of the the Higgs and the lack of any evidence for the myriad of theories created to correct these problems (LHC seems to have ruled out super-symmetry, micro black-holes, extra dimensions, other exotic particles...)

Moffat is scathing about 'psuedoscientific' theories such as multiverse and anthropic theories used to explain what appears to be absurd amounts of 'fine tuning' needed for the standard model to work.

The theories of course are all well beyond me, however as a general thought I would tend to agree with Moffat in that fudge factors to make a theory works would seem to indicate that there is a lack of understanding somewhere, rather than a need for more fudges.

In short Moffat suggests there may be a bit of a problem with the Standard Model that has been promoted in the last 40 years and that a 'change of guard' of physicists in needed to allow new thinking.

In the last chapter Moffat covers the final announcement from the LHC prior to the refurbishment of the facility, which seems to indicate that the newly found particle is the Higgs boson.