SCIENTISTS ARE rightfully ecstatic as they celebrate the discovery of the elusive Higgs boson-like particle (“Physicists say elusive yet key particle is found,” Page A3, July 5). It is also extraordinary that the British scientist after whom the particle is named, Peter Higgs, lived long enough to be able to participate in the celebration.
The widespread media blitz surrounding the find has, however, sadly missed one thing, which is that the term “boson” was named after the late Indian scientist Satyendra Nath Bose. There has been barely any mention of it in the western media.
We are proud and pleased that the Calcutta-based Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, which carries the tradition of basic science research in India pioneered by Bose, has been part of the team that found the Higgs particle.