Tuesday, 8 October 2013

The Higgs boson and the Nobel prize

Congratulations to Francois Englert and Peter Higgs for their Nobel Prize achievement, and congratulations too to Robert Brout (post-humously), Tom Kibble, Gerald Guralnik, Richard Hagen, Philip Anderson, Jeffrey Goldstone and the thousands of technicians and experimentalists who have been part of the multi-decade long project to find the Higgs Boson at the LHC, CERN. 

As in almost any discovery, a lot of people have played a part in the discovery of the Higgs Boson. I've found it very satisfying to read about the story of the theoretical discovery that happened almost fifty years ago, the planning and construction of LHC and the very recent and momentous experimental confirmation; how lovely it is to recognise the small but hugely significant step that the human race has made in search of truth.

I wrote an article back in February, when the nominations for the 2013 Nobel prize winners came in; it talks a little about the history of the Higgs boson discovery and speculates upon who the winners might be. Read it here, if you're interested.

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