The Craziest Number You'll See About the Higgs Boson Discovery

By Kyle Wagner on at

So, sure, the Higgs "discovery" wasn't really a discovery. More "scientific fact checking," as our friends at MinutePhysics put it. But in the course of explaining all that, the number they dropped on our heads about confirming the existence of the Higgs statistically was mind-blowing: Statistical confirmation for the new particle required 600 million particle collisions—every second—for two years. Holy crap. [YouTube]