The BBC article Cern plans even larger hadron collider for physics search by BBC Science correspondent Pallab Ghosh is interesting for several reasons. One was a curious error that has since been partially fixed What are “large hadrons”? Are there also “small hadrons”?, but another is found at the end of the article:
What is bosonics?
However Cern's director for accelerators and technology, Dr Frédérick Bordry, said that he did not think that £20bn was expensive for a cutting edge project, the cost of which would be spread among several international partners over 20 years.
He added that spending on Cern had led to many technological benefits, such as the World Wide Web and the real benefits were yet to be realised.
"When I am asked about the benefits of the Higgs Boson, I say 'bosonics'. And when they ask me what is bosonics, I say 'I don't know'.
"But if you imagine the discovery of the electron by JJ Thomson in 1897, he didn't know what electronics was. But you can't imagine a world now without electronics."
I'm reminded of the one-word piece of advice in the film The Graduate: "Plastics", but also how important a Higgs field was in the 2002 adaptation of Solaris, where Viola Davis's character Dr. Gordon contemplates using one to destabilize the "visitors" appearing on the station above the planet Solaris.
Question: Has the term "bosonics" ever been explicitly used in a story or film?