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These messengers that physicists call bosons (from the surname of the Indian physicist Satyendranath Bose [1894–1974], we wonder what his mother called him . ) are themselves particles, but they are there with the sole purpose to transmit the forces of nature. Bosons are the dear old photon, with its elegant Greek name, mediator with the electromagnetic force, the gluon, from “glue”, mediator of the strong nuclear force: it keeps well stuck together nuclear particles (and keeps us together too), the W and Z (that only have a coded name), that transmit weak nuclear forces, and, of course, the Higgs boson, the boson par excellence, the one which makes sense of it all.

And since the size of the Galaxy will by then be still the same, in half a century’s time we shall easily come to cross it by means of our message in the laser bottle. It remains to be hoped (but yet to be discovered) that there should be someone out there who, taking a walk on the Galaxy beach, may be able to see and pick up the bottle. Let’s hope. Anyhow, it is worth trying: Giuseppe Cocconi and Philip Morrison, in their famous article of 1959 on “Nature”, entitled Searching for interstellar communications, came to their conclusion by saying : “the probability of success is difficult to estimate; but if we never search, the chance of success is zero”.

The difficulty of discoveries still to be made in astrochemistry lies precisely in the fact that the more complex the molecules are, the more complex will their spectrum be and, what’s more, the various molecular species add up and overlap on each other, thus creating real entangled forests of lines. We shall need very intelligent telescopes, able to find their way in that infinitely rich but very untidy territory which is the sky. Of course, today we know that molecules by themselves are not enough, for instance, to make up planets, that is those same objects on which later on more molecules will come to rest to make up people like us and Mr.

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