Congratulations to Prof. Higgs, a tolerant atheist

Congratulations to Prof. Peter Higgs, Nobel Prize in Physics 2013, the theoretical physicist who predicted the Higgs Boson, often nicknamed the “God particle.” Prof. Higgs is an atheist, but a tolerant atheist who respects believers.

Higgs received the Nobel Prize in Physics 2013 for the theoretical discovery of a mechanism that contributes to our understanding of the origin of mass of subatomic particles, and which recently was confirmed through the discovery of the predicted fundamental particle, by the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider.

Higgs is an atheist, but a tolerant atheist far from militant “New Atheism.” He has accused Dawkins of adopting a “fundamentalist” approach when dealing with believers. He argues that belief and science can co-exist and that a lot of scientists in his field are people of faith. “I don’t happen to be one myself, but maybe that’s just more a matter of my family background than that there’s any fundamental difficulty about reconciling the two.”

See also Peter Higgs speaks up against ‘militant atheist’ fundamentalism.

I think Higgs has the right attitude. He clearly states that he is not a believers, but he has no holy wars to fight against those who are. Contrary of the idiotic New Atheist claim that all scientists are atheists, Higgs acknowledges that many physicists are people of faith (see for example the Wikipedia List of Christian thinkers in science).

One possible signature of a Higgs boson from a simulated collision between two protons. It decays almost immediately into two jets of hadrons and two electrons, visible as lines. (CERN/Wikimedia Commons)
  • Xavier

    Good to read you back Giulio.