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Curious About the Higgs Boson? The GSU Library Can Help

Illustration of the Standard Model of physics, featuring groupings of sub-atomic particles and forces all connected to the Higgs boson in the center.
Illustration of the Standard Model featuring the Higgs boson. Image courtesy of the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.

On July 4, 2012, physics history was made. CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, announced that scientists working with the Large Hadron Collider have found evidence of a new particle. This particle displays characteristics consistent with the Higgs boson, the only particle in physics’ long-accepted Standard Model that had never been observed. The Higgs boson, in short, is theorized to give other particles mass; without the Higgs boson or a similar mechanism, the equations of the Standard Model would not explain how particles have mass1.

Looking for more information? These Internet resources have up-to-date news and explanations of the Higgs boson:

With the discovery of this new particle, many books on the Higgs boson are now out of date. However, these GSU Library books still provide perspective on why the particle is so important to physicists and how the search has been conducted:

There is still much to discover in particle physics–even with the Higgs boson, the Standard Model doesn’t explain gravity2. Nonetheless, this new particle is a giant step in our understanding of the universe.

1. Q&A: The Higgs boson
2. Ten things you may not know about the Higgs boson