Stephen Hawking Loses Higgs Boson Bet

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Stephen Hawking speaks live during a Science Channel broadcast of the Discovery Channel's 'Into The Universe With Stephen Hawking' in 2010.
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THE GIST

— On Wednesday morning, CERN announced the discovery of a particle that was "consistent" with the Higgs boson.

— British physicist Stephen Hawking bet $100 against the Higgs being found.

— "This is an important result and should earn Peter Higgs the Nobel Prize," said Hawking.

Renowned British physicist Stephen Hawking said Wednesday the Nobel Prize should be given to Peter Higgs, the man who gave his name to the Higgs boson particle.

Former Cambridge University professor Hawking also joked that the discovery had actually cost him $100 in a bet.

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In an interview with the BBC Wednesday, Hawking, who has motor neurone disease, said: "This is an important result and should earn Peter Higgs the Nobel Prize.

"But it is a pity in a way because the great advances in physics have come from experiments that gave results we didn't expect.

"For this reason I had a bet with Gordon Kane of Michigan University that the Higgs particle wouldn't be found. It seems I have just lost $100."

ANALYSIS: Particle 'Consistent' With Higgs Boson Discovered

After half a century of research, physicists announced at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) Wednesday they had found a new sub-atomic particle consistent with the elusive Higgs boson which is believed to confer mass.

Hawking said the discovery was of major importance.

"If the decay and other interactions of this particle are as we expect, it will be strong evidence for the so-called standard model of particle physics, the theory that expains all our experiments so far," Hawking said.

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