God Particle Theorists Capture Nobel Prize

The discovery last year of the  Higgs boson, or so-called “God particle,” has led to two physicists winning the Nobel Prize in Physics today. Interestingly, the award did not go to the scientists who discovered the particle, but to the minds that conceived of its existence first.


CERN Director-General Rolf Heuer addresses members of the ATLAS and CMS collaborations on receiving the news of a Nobel prize for Englert and Higgs (Image: Maximilien Brice/CERN)

Five decades ago two physicists, Francois Englert of Belgium and Peter Higgs of the United Kingdom, theorized just such a particle existed and would be discovered, on top of explaining just what gives all matter mass. Their explanations surrounding the way particles act helped explain for many how the nature of matter co-exists.

Out of tradition, the academy called the two scientists to let them know they had won. As for the the 2012 discovery of the Higgs boson, the most powerful particle accelerator on Earth at CERN was the scene of the particles first notice. The Large Hadron Collider, as the machine is called,  is in itself a miracle of science.

The discovery of this particle is being billed as one of the most significant discoveries in science in the last 50 years. For more detailed information on the Higgs boson, and its discovery readers may want to visit the CERN Accelerator Science website here.

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Other image credit: Feature image credit Maximilien Brice/CERN © CERN

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