Higgs Guide Part 2: The Whys and Wherefores

On the 4th of July 2012, it was announced by physicists at CERN (The European Organisation for Nuclear Research) that two experiments at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) had discovered a particle that looked a lot like the Higgs boson, the key sign…

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A Bluffer’s Guide to the Higgs

Since the big news from CERN last Wednesday, a few people have asked me what this whole Higgs business is really about. They’ve heard that the Higgs field (or is it boson?) gives everything mass, and they’ve heard that mass is needed to slow us do…

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