The discovery of the Higgs boson deserves applause—but it also brings a touch of sadness to at least one leading physicist. It's probably "the last major discovery that could be made in a particle accelerator in our generation," writes Stephen Wolfram at his blog. And instead of offering any surprises, the find just confirms what physicists already thought they knew.
"I've always hoped that in the end there'd be something more elegant and deep responsible for something as fundamental as the masses of particles," writes Wolfram, who viewed the Higgs model as something akin to a "hack." It's as if "nature is just picking what seems like a pedestrian solution" to fundamental physical questions. The post was spotted by Alexis Madrigal at the Atlantic, who agrees: "Discovering the Higgs boson is a victory for physicists but a sad day for physics."