Yes, the existence of the Higgs boson, one of the most monumental predictions in modern physics, originally derived by Peter Higgs "with pencil and paper," may soon be confirmed. I like that little observation, because it speaks volumes about how little assistance we need beyond our brains in order to achieve memorable results!
From The Guardian, at http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2011/ ... unters-lhc:
"Physicists are bracing themselves for news that the most sought-after fundamental particle of modern times has been glimpsed at the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva.
The heads of the teams spearheading the search for the Higgs boson at Cern, the European physics laboratory, have called a special seminar to announce their findings on Tuesday afternoon.
They will describe progress in the hunt for the missing particle, which has been the most glittering prize in particle physics since it was predicted in 1964 from equations drawn up with pencil and paper by Peter Higgs at Edinburgh University.
The Higgs boson is the last remaining piece of the Standard Model, the set of mathematical rules that describe how all the known particles in nature interact with one another."