When silence replaces celebration

Credit: The News via Wasim Sroya

The writer is a freelance columnist and former newspaper editor

We should, right now, be celebrating. The announcement by physicists in Switzerland last week that they have all but proven the existence of the Higg’s Boson, a subatomic particle, also known as the “God particle,” which pulls together the standard theory of physics regarding the early evolution of the Universe, has created a wave of global excitement.The proof was produced by the use of the world’s largest atom smasher at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, or CERN, near Geneva.The fact that should have been of significance for Pakistanis is that the late Dr Abdus Salam, the country’s only Nobel Laureate, had during the 1970s been closely involved with research that theorised the existence of the particle. The new finding underscores his genius and his extraordinary vision.

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