Peter Higgs, the Subatomic Particle, and the Scottish Connection

Two months ago, on May 4, we posted an article titled ¨The Scottish Connection: ¨Adam Smith, Charles Darwin and Andrew Carnegie”.

A view of the Large Hadron Collider) in its tunnel at CERN near Geneva, Switzerland.

Today, at a press conference in Geneva it was announced:

Scientists at Europe’s CERN research centre have found a new subatomic particle, a basic building block of the universe, which appears to be the boson imagined and named half a century ago by theoretical physicist Peter Higgs…

Two independent studies of data produced by smashing proton particles together at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider produced a convergent near-certainty on the existence of the new particle. (Reuters).

Very remarkably, Dr. Peter Higgs (83), an England native, the physicist who provided the theoretical foundation (essentially a mathematical approach) upon which this recent experiment is based, is currently an Emeritus professor of the University of Edinburgh. Dr. Higgs conducted in Edinburgh (in the early 60s) most of the research leading to the work in the Large Hadron Collider that has experimentally established the existence of a Higgs-like boson.

Most scientists agree that Higgs particle is the last undiscovered piece of the Standard Model that describes the fundamental composition of the universe. The model is to physics what the theory of evolution is to biology. For that reason, some commentators have labeled the Higgs boson as the “God particle”, for its role in turning the Big Bang into a living universe.

Another monumental contribution to mankind stemming from Scotland!


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