Wednesday 20 September 2017

Chris Wickham: Questions answered on life, the universe and everything

The Large Hadron Collider in its tunnel at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland
The Large Hadron Collider in its tunnel at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland

Chris Wickham

SCIENTISTS at the CERN research centre near Geneva, Switzerland, yesterday unveiled the latest results in their search for the Higgs boson, a subatomic particle believed to be key to the formation of stars, planets and eventually life after the Big Bang 13.7 billion years ago.

WHAT IS THE HIGGS BOSON?

The Higgs is the last missing piece of the Standard Model, the theory that describes the basic building blocks of the universe. The other 11 particles predicted by the model have been found and finding the Higgs would validate the model. Ruling it out or finding something more exotic would force a rethink on how the universe is put together.

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