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The boson in simple terms

By David Miller   December 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo by Christian Payne

This is an abridged version of the winning entry to a 1993 competition by the journal Nature, to explain the Higgs boson in the simplest possible terms, after a challenge by William Waldegrave, science minister.

“Imagine a cocktail party of political party workers who are uniformly distributed across the floor, all talking to their nearest neighbours. The ex-prime minister enters and crosses the room. All of the…

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