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 François 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:
- “What’s the Matter with the Higgs Boson?”, a basic primer for how the Higgs works.
- “Did they Really Detect the Higgs Boson?”, wherein I talk about how we actually know what we’ve seen.
- “Stop Calling the ‘The God Particle’!”, in which I explain how silly you sound when you say that.
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!