Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Monkey Science


CERN theorist John Ellis has opened his mouth to produce the most quotable quote I've seen from the scientific community in a long while.

Reacting to the plethora of ideas being put forward to explain the apparently faster-than-light neutrinos clocked at Gran Sasso last month around the time of the equinox, he seems quite happy with the babble so far.

"At present, it would be foolhardy to say one [theory] looks better than the other And they're probably all wrong, because the result will probably evaporate."  he says. Then:

"Scientific conviction comes primarily from experimental results, but it's also the job of us theorists to, if you like, bash out all the possibilities, like monkeys on a typewriter."

Right. On.

Pic: It's a Howler Monkey