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The missing piece

Peter Higgs tells James Elwes that without the Higgs boson, our physical model of the universe does not work

By Jay Elwes   December 2011
















Seeing the light: this portrait of Peter Higgs by Ken Currie hangs in the Edinburgh University physics department

In the next few months, scientists at the Large Hadron Collider at Cern may detect one of the fundamental building blocks of the universe: the elusive Higgs boson. The collider, one of the most ambitious machines ever built—which sends two beams of subatomic particles around an underground circuit 27km in circumference, to crash into each other at…

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