The scientist who heads the world’s largest particle physics laboratory said he thinks it is “beyond any doubt” that a Higgs boson particle has been discovered.
Professor Rolf Heuer, director general of Cern, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, said he would “stick his neck out” and say it had been found.
He was speaking during a visit to the Capital where he met Professor Peter Higgs, the retired physicist from Edinburgh University who gave his name to the particle.
During a lecture at at Heriot-Watt University, Prof Heuer said: “When they finalised the data, the significance has even increased, so this is why I stick my neck out and say I think it is beyond any doubt . . . so I think we have found this new particle.”