Higgs boson scientists share physics Nobel prize

Standard Model From Fermi Lab

Standard Model From Fermi Lab (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A diagram summarizing the tree-level interacti...

A diagram summarizing the tree-level interactions between elementary particles described in the Standard Model. Vertices (darkened circles) represent types of particles, and edges (blue arcs) connecting them represent interactions that can take place. The organization of the diagram is as follows: the top row of vertices (leptons and quarks) are the matter particles; the second row of vertices (photon, W/Z, gluons) are the force mediating particles; and the bottom row is the Higgs boson. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It took almost 50 years to demonstrate the existence of the Higgs boson, the so-called ‘God particle’ that creates mass in the universe.  Without that particle we wouldn’t exist.  Spooky.  Now the theoretical physicist who conceived the theory has finally been awarded the Nobel prize.  What better way to recognise this than in the metre of nature itself, Fibonnaci verse.



Titans clash
thus creating mass.
Faster than time’s blink it arrives.
In a billionth of a second it came and survived,
endowed with existence by a signature particle, ephemeral, elusive,
waiting, reclusive, fourteen billion years more to be theorised, explored, discovered
through eyes that saw further and a mind that uncovered
the God particle, that boson.
Now Higgs is chosen,
no surprise.



8th October 2013 – headline from the Guardian

Notes:  Higgs boson scientists share physics Nobel prize.”  And so the wait is over. Half a century after he wrote down a theory that would change the world, Peter Higgs, the Edinburgh-based researcher, has won the Nobel Prize in Physics.  Higgs, 84, shares the 8m Swedish kronor (£775,000) prize – and no shortage of kudos – with François Englert at the Free University of Brussels for showing how fundamental particles get their masses. Before the theory, the answer to this basic question was unknown.  The Royal Swedish Academy awarded the prize 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.”  The theorists produced a series of papers in 1964 that described how an invisible field that lurks in the vacuum of space interacts with elementary particles and gives some of them mass.  Higgs was the first to point out that the theory came with a signature particle, later named the Higgs boson, which became the smoking gun that proved the field was there.  The particle’s discovery was announced last year by scientists working on the Large Hadron Collider at Cern near Geneva, ending a decades-long hunt at facilities on both sides of the Atlantic.


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