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Homer and the Higgs boson

  1. Mar 5, 2015 #1

    jim mcnamara

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    According to Simon Singh, in a 1998 episode the writers of the Simpsons had Homer in front of blackboard with a supposedly accurate calculation of the mass of the Higgs boson. Hmm. Apparently the people who write the Simpsons were trained in mathematics, now making a much better living doing something else.

    Not sure what the 'else' is. I'd bet it pays better than most post-docs.
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  3. Mar 5, 2015 #2
    C'mon PF let's confirm this! :)
  4. Mar 5, 2015 #3


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    Same episode:

  5. Mar 5, 2015 #4

    Lubos Motl has a good blog entry on this: http://motls.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/did-homer-simpson-calculate-correct.html . Unfortunately Homer was off target. Interesting Motl's suggestion that Singh himself is behind the equations written by Homer (if really so I would have expected more from him :) ).
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