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Following the discovery of the Higgs boson, this year’s Nobel prize for physics – as expected – went to the two men who first came up with the theory half a century ago: François Englert of Belgium and Britain’s Peter Higgs. Euronews met Englert to ask him about this long-awaited recognition, the future of physics and God.Lise Pedersen, euronews: “Professor, what does it feel like to see your name come up next to those of Albert Einstein and Pierre and Marie Curie?”François Englert: “Modest, first of all, because I’m nowhere near Einstein’s intelligence and understanding. He is one of the two or three people who have changed the world’s comprehension in a way which no one, in my opinion, has equalled, and certainly not me. That said, evidently it is rather nice to receive this recognition.”euronews: “You’ve received numerous prizes, the biggest being the Nobel. Shouldn’t the Large Hadron Collider have been the third laureate?”Englert: “I’m not part of the prize committee, so it’s not for me to discuss the underpinning of what the Nobel Prize decision-makers do. Clearly, the committee chose to reward the discovery of the theory; right or wrong is not up to me to say.”euronews: “Would you say that thanks to the particle accelerator tool Europe has the means to be a world leader in scientific research, ahead of the United States?”Englert: “It’s obvious, at least in experimental research development for particle physics. I wouldn’t go so far as to say it’s true generally, but here, it’s clear that CERN today is unsurpassed anywhere in the world, it’s truly the nec plus ultra now, in experimental research into elementary particles.”euronews: “The Higgs boson has been described as the most important scientific discovery in the last 50 years. Now that the missing piece of the Standard Model puzzle has been found, what are the major challenges facing scientific researchers in the coming years?”Englert: “There might be an even bigger problem, because it calls into...