“We now have a very, very good chance that we will see hints of the Higgs before the LHC will. It’s a race. Whoever is first is first,” says Dmitri Denisov, Fermilab.
"If they do find the Higgs, good luck to them. But I think it’s unlikely they will find it before the LHC comes online,” responds Lyn Evans, CERN.Ah, nothing like a physics geek fight! The Higgs boson is important because it explains why all other particles have mass and is fundamental to a complete understanding of matter. The Higgs boson is thought to be highly unstable and, once produced, should quickly decay. The Higgs was first proposed by University of Edinburgh physicist Peter Higgs and colleagues in the last 1960s. The importance of the Higgs to the Standard Model of particle physics has led some to dub it the “God particle.”