The 2013 Nobel Prize in physics will go to Peter Higgs and Francois Englert, for their prediction of the existence of the Higgs boson. Experiments at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN announced the discovery of the Higgs in the summer of 2012.
The discovery of the Higgs boston was a big freakin' deal for physics (and in the long run, for all of humanity). We've talked about the Higgs and the LHC a lot around here, so if you need a refresher as to why these things are so important (and so cool), check out some of the links below.
- The NYTimes has a lovely interactive graphic explaining the basics of the Higgs boson.
- What does the LHC do exactly? Let the LHC Rap remind you. Or, go play CERN-based computer games at CERNland.
- For the PhysicsCentral podcast I talked to cosmologist and writer Sean Carrol about his book The Particle at the End of the Universe and some of the most common misconceptions about the Higgs boson.
- Carrol just wrote an op-ed piece in the New York Times discussing why he thinks the Nobel Prize should be given to groups of people, and not just individuals.
- Here's our initial podcast coverage of the Higgs discovery, as well as an earlier two-part podcast about how physicists establish certainty in their search for subatomic particles.
- Remember when people thought the LHC was going to blow up the world? Frank Wilczek talked to the PhysicsCentral podcast about why.
- Pieces of the LHC will not cure cancer and will not turn people into zombies. OR WILL THEY? (NO.)
- Is it too late to rename the Higgs Boson?
- More Higgs posts on PhysicsBuzz.