Higgs boson ‘discovery’ marks hugely important day for British physics

Posted on July 4, 2012


Particle physicists are by our nature and training cautious and precise people – so what is

Peter Higgs (* 1929) Peter Higgs (* 1929) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

one of the biggest milestones in 21st century science may seem rather underplayed to some.

I have announced today that we have discovered a particle ‘consistent with the Higgs boson’. The Higgs boson is the name for a theorised particle that explains the origin of mass in the univerise – why some particles have mass and others are insubstantial. So, did we find it or not?

Looking beyond the statistical analysis that is our comfort zone, the researchers around the country and indeed the world h

at have worked on the LHC can now say for sure that they have discovered a new particle. We strongly suspect we know what it is – the Higgs boson.

The Higgs boson is fundamental to physicists’ understanding of the Universe – our ‘standard model’ of how things interact only works if the Higgs boson exists. Without it, physics has to go back to the drawing board and get some new theories. So this is a hugely important day for British physics.


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