After I watched "Particle Fever"--the movie about Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and the successful identification of the Higgs boson--I became a bit concerned with that team's handling of various negative PR incidents. Further, with the amount of money spent and the pressure to produce results, also realized that we may not sometime soon have a way to reproduce any of their results at any other facility with other research teams.
With this in mind, how much scientific confidence can we put into things like the mass of the Higgs? Not that a "Higgs-like" particle was found, but the actual calculated mass of the particle known as the "Higgs boson"?
This is a question about the scientific method and reproducibility of experimental results. Do we have any similar experiments where we confirm a similar theory without being able to reproduce those results?
UPDATE: What is the confidence level of the LHC-calculated mass of the Higgs? How was this confidence level determined? What are the implications of it being wrong? How long will it take before we know if it is wrong?
Thank you all for your comments. I do believe this is an important, specific and scientific discussion that can have specific, factual answers.
UPDATE 2: I guess I'm not the only one asking these questions, this is very interesting:
“The current data is not precise enough to determine exactly what the particle is. It could be a number of other known particles,” Dr Frandsen said.
A related question might be, based on the Frandsen et al paper, what if it is not the Higgs at all?
UPDATE 4/9/15: Came across this re: the reversal of the BICEP2 "discovery" due to having a 2nd team and 2nd set of instruments via the Planck telescope. Without Planck, the BICEP2 team might still be claiming their CMB discovery... perhaps for for a long time to come, potentially leading cosmology research (time and dollars) down the wrong cosmic inflation "rabbit hole." This seems to be an example supporting the importance and relevance to the question I raised here regarding LHC and acceptance of its "discoveries" without a 2nd team using a 2nd set of instruments (ie a 2nd beam and collider): http://physicsworld.com/cws/article/news/2015/feb/03/galactic-dust-sounds-death-knell-for-bicep2-gravitational-wave-claim