- 1 complete trust or confidence in someone or something: this restores one's faith in politicians
- 2 strong belief in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual conviction rather than proof.
To be fair to the author she does place a higher value on "faith in science" than in gods when it comes to explaining the origins and behaviour of our universe. (That and the author has written some cracking pieces on feminism on the Comment is Free section too.) But this claim that science is based on faith is a questionable one - having faith in an idea would (semantically) imply that you may be reluctant to test it and are unlikely to change your mind in the face of any contradictory results. I'm not entirely sure this link would've been suggested if we'd been searching for the Cthulhu or Odin particle - this argument appears to have been sparked by the name God particle more than anything else.
It's an interesting thought, albeit one which is heavily subject to semantics. But who knows, maybe Doctor Bach is right and we scientists simply aren't getting enough diluted gorse in our lives.