The particle that sparked the greatest hunt in science
Why does anything have mass? In 1964, British physicist Peter Higgs and five others proposed a theory describing an invisible field pervading the cosmos that gives mass to the building blocks of nature. The scientific community embarked on the greatest hunt in modern science for the particle that would prove this theory, the Higgs boson. Ian Sample, shortlisted author for the 2011 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books’, takes us through the fascinating story behind this momentous pursuit.
Image credit: ATLAS Experiment copywright 2012 CERN