What’s All This Higgs Stuff?

A nice video version of the ‘explanation’ of the Higgs field/particle (discovered earlier this year) that’s based on an analogy with people at a party and the different ways they interact with each other. See also here.

I’m very familiar with this area (my postgraduate research was in particle physics) so it’s not easy to appreciate how useful or otherwise these mini-explanations are. Books are available for longer and more detailed explanations, at various levels, but these are obviously not for everyone.

In fact there are so many distractions these days, I guess getting a few minutes of someone’s time and getting a flavour of the concepts over is quite an impressive achievement!

For more info, there’s a very accessible and recent account of this important breakthrough here.

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