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And now the Economist… Oh well. March 9, 2007

Posted by dorigo in Blogroll, internet, news, personal, physics, politics, science.
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 Fermilab Today links an article by  the Economist today. Here is an excerpt:

In recent weeks a number of physicists have got excited about bumps in the data taken at two experiments at the Tevatron. A bump is usually a sign that something has gone awry, but if all possible sources of error have been eliminated, it can indicate the presence of a particle. That both experiments on the Tevatron ring have their new bumps at precisely the same energy is particularly intriguing.

Oh well. Bubbles have the natural tendency to inflate – before they blow. Do I feel responsible for this one ? Yes and no. I was part of the bloggers who discussed these fluctuations in the last two months, and I did make some remarks that could have been equivocated here and there; but I think I was clear in stating my belief (personal, of course) that it is all a fluctuation. And whether I was speaking for myself, well, ain’t that obvious ? Come on, this is a blog!

More on this later…

Comments

1. Fred - March 9, 2007

I believe we take you at face value but it was also considerate to use a disclaimer as a preventive measure to protect yourself. Films ending with the producers restating their legal stature after the credits have rolled are good uses of this practice. Certainly a good chess move. Guten Tag.

2. dorigo - March 9, 2007

Yes, Fred, regular readers here well understand that I speak for myself here. But occasional browsers might think this is a public site of the CDF collaboration, or maybe that I am a member of the Mossad trying to infiltrate physics experiments. Who knows what is in the head of people ?

Cheers,
T.

3. island - March 9, 2007

Oh, big damned deal… String theorists have been publically hyping the “fact” that they are on the verge of a ToE for thirty years now… phhhht.

4. dorigo - March 9, 2007

🙂 that is right… But we experimentalists for some reason that fails me take ourselves so damn seriously that we border the ridicule at times. Read my last post for a bitter laugh.

Cheers,
T.


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