"Finding the 'God Particle'" by Lana Bandoim
"The God particle, also known as the Higgs boson, is the Moby Dick of science."
The article is another instance where Moby Dick is alluded to for any reference to an exhaustive search. The search is consuming and takes time, effort, money--everything in a person's life.
Now, if you compare this sentence:
"The thirst for knowledge is not the only motivation to find the God particle."
with Moby Dick, does that mean that Ahab was simply searching for knowledge? Is Moby like the forbidden fruit?