The Higgs Boson Particle Explained in 120 Seconds, By Peter Higgs

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?


In this video, Higgs describes the particle and what it does in under 120 seconds. But without doubt the best bit is when physicist and radio presenter Jim Al-Khalili ask Higgs: "Could you encapsulate that description in, say, thirty seconds?"

"No," comes the declarative answer. Peter Higgs, I still want to cuddle you. [BBC]



The boson and the Higgs field are what is theorized to give certain particles more mass than others.

Picture a convention room filled with political wonks. A governor walks in, and people start to congregate around him. Now the President walks in, and even more people congregate around him. The President has more mass so to say than the governor. The room filled with wonks is like the Higgs field, and the wonks are like the boson.