Francois Englert and Peter Higgs

In a move that surprised almost no one in the physics community, the Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded this morning to Fran├žois Englert and Peter W. Higgs “for the theoretical discovery of a mechanism that contributes to our understanding of the origin of mass of subatomic particles, and which recently was confirmed through the discovery of the predicted fundamental particle, by the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider”

This is a huge deal, and very well deserved. I won’t go on and on about the Higgs right now, in large part because I’ve already written a ton on the subject, including:

Also, of course, there’s a whole chapter about the Higgs and the Standard Model in my new book, The Universe in the Rearview Mirror.

Congratulations again to Drs. Englert and Higgs!


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