On July 4, 2012, physicists at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva madehistory when they discovered an entirely new type of subatomic particle that many scientists believe is the Higgs boson. For forty years, physicists searched for this capstone to the Standard Model of particle physics—the theory that describes both the most elementary components that are known in matter and the forces through which they interact. This particle points to the Higgs field, which provides the key to understanding why elementary particles have mass. In Higgs Discovery, Lisa Randall explains the science behind this monumental discovery, its exhilarating implications, and the power of empty space.
Yesterday's Headlines Explained for the Scientifically Minded
Dr. Randall has written a short (great use of the quick-published "non-fictionella") and concise overview of one of the most technically difficult yet important scientific achievements of our time. Now we see why the front pages of our news sources contained this story; even though they couldn't explain why — it's not God and it's not molasses! Much more will be written about the Higgs Moment in the coming years. This is a great place to start.
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