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A Short History of Nearly Everything

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7421.994-a (Published 23 October 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:994
  1. Christopher Martyn, associate editor (cmartyn@bmj.com)
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    Bill Bryson

    Doubleday, £20, pp 528

    ISBN 0385408188

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    In 1993, when there was a Tory government in the United Kingdom, the then minister for science, William Waldegrave, issued a challenge to physicists who were lobbying him for money to pay for their colossally expensive experiments. Could they answer, on a single page of A4, the questions: “What is the Higgs boson, and why do we want to find it?” As it happened, they could, as you can see by going to http://hepwww.ph.qmw.ac.uk/epp/higgs.html. But the incident prompts questions about the way the United Kingdom decides priorities in funding its research. Might it not be better to have a minister who knew something about his portfolio? And it reminds us …

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