Dark Matter

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As scientists search for the “God particle,” The Awl explains some things about Higgs and gives us a glimpse into the world of physicists and all their certainty.

“Physicists do the most lovely thing: they quantify conviction. They know what they believe to within four decimal places. They assign to their certainty a number called sigma: 2 sigma, you’re certain to one in a hundred; 3 sigma, to one in a thousand. Physicists remain restless up until 5 sigma, one in a million.”


Lisa Dusenbery is the managing editor of The Rumpus. More from this author →