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The Higgs universe

The winner of this year's Nobel Prize for Physics waited 48 years for the confirmation of his theory, but in some ways he grew to dread the moment of discovery

By Frank Close   November 2013

The aftermath of a proton collision

Peter Higgs is used to delays. The Nobel Prize-winning physicist waited for sight of the eponymous “Higgs boson”—the “God particle” of media headlines—for 48 years. Then, on 4th July last year, scientists at the Large Hadron Collider in Cern, Geneva, announced the proof of this fundamental entity, but for which our material universe could not exist. But, the waiting was far from over for Higgs who had to endure another year of speculation of a different sort, before his achievement was…

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