The discovery of the Higgs Boson is perhaps science's biggest recent success—but that doesn't mean it's easy to understand. Who better to explain just what it is, though, than Peter Higgs himself?
Peter Higgs, who proposed the existence of what would be dubbed the Higgs Boson, says that he wouldn't cut it if he were entering academic science today. Keep in mind that this dude won a Nobel Prize for physics a few months ago.
The 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to Francois Englert and Peter Higgs, for their work on the theory of the Higgs boson a.k.a. "The God Particle" a.k.a the elementary particle thought to explain why some other particles have mass a.k.a. the fundamental particle whose discovery Stephen Hawking bet against…
Analysts said it would happen. Professor Stephen Hawking said it should happen. And now it has. Peter Higgs, the man who first predicted the existence of the Higgs boson, or ‘God particle’, has been given a Nobel Prize for his efforts along with Belgian physicist Francois Englert.
All the latest data suggests we're at last on the verge of finding the elusive Higgs boson...and that will likely reignite one of physics's longest-running controversies. Let's gear up for the surprisingly fierce debate over what to call this particle.
It's a discovery that's been decades in the making, but we have it on good authority that 2012 will be the year physicists either confirm or refute the existence of the Higgs boson — the "God particle," credited with giving mass to elementary particles.
Almost 50 years ago, British physicist Peter Higgs first hypothesized the existence of the particle that bears his name. Now we're on the verge of finding the Higgs boson, and Peter Higgs himself offers his own thoughts on it all.
In this excerpt from Massive: The Missing Particle That Sparked the Greatest Hunt in Science (Basic Books), author Ian Sample tells the story of how Peter Higgs went from being a joke to a legend with just one lecture.