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The Science Museum’s Collider marks a cultural shift

By Philip Ball  

It may come as a surprise that not all physicists share in the excitement surrounding the Higgs boson, boosted further by the award of the physics Nobel Prize to Peter Higgs and François Englert, who first postulated its existence. Some of them feel twinges of resentment at the way the European centre for particle physics CERN in Switzerland, where the discovery was made with the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), has managed to manipulate public perception to imply that the LHC itself, and particle physics generally,…

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