That may be true, remarks Sascha Caron, a physicist from the University of Freiburg in Germany, but nonetheless much of the particle physics community has warmed to the idea of global searches since Knuteson first proposed it early in this decade. Caron and his collaborators have developed their own software for what they call general searches while working at an experiment at the DESY laboratory in Hamburg, and they plan to do the same at the LHC.
Experience at the Tevatron also shows that global searches could help physicists understand how to interpret data, Mrenna points out for example, how the detectors react to various particles. Teams rarely compare notes, so that their assumptions are potentially in contradiction. "If you look at everything, everything has to make sense," Mrenna says.
This article was originally published with the title Colliding Philosophies.